Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Herbs

It always amazes me that up until a few years (ok, possibly 10)ago I never even knew an herb that didn't come in a little glass jar or tin and wasn't ground. Even the ones my mother did buy were seldom used. Sage might go in the stuffing at Thanksgiving and oregano might go in the spaghetti sauce but that was pretty much it. My mother could cook like all women of her day but but she didn't get "fancy" with it. The fact that we were so poor all the years I was growing up probably had something to do with her not trying new things as well.
Anyway, my venturing into herbs started with rosemary because it was a pretty plant and I liked the smell. I had two plants. They grew great and sat outside and were never used. Later I discovered sage which I did experiment with and learned how wonderful fresh sage really was.
I have tried several odd herbs: stevia  which was very sweet when you taste the green leaf but does not retain its sweetness when dried and I could not find a use for it, Red shisho perilla which I found absolutely foul smelling and tasting though pretty to look at and every flavor of mint you can think of and to me they all just tasted like I have fallen back on just growing the ones that I know I will actually use.
I took this last week right after I planted it outside. It is looking quite a lot larger now.


My favorite thyme which grows great here in the raised bed but had I left it in the pot I would have eventually killed it. I also cannot grow the variegated kind. I kill it every time.

I have two of these this year because rosemary chicken is a must have.

Garlic chives

Someone traded me a start of these garlic chives and now I have two nice large patches.

Here is the ever useless but impossible to kill lemon balm.

I won't tell you how many patches of it I have.
I am sure there is some other mint around here somewhere, I had so many different ones but I didn't find it to take a picture.


  1. I was just cleaning up the garden and ripped the thyme right out. I stuck it back in. Here's hoping it makes it. You can make a mosquito repellant with the lemon balm.

  2. Yep, the "oldies" are the "goodies" every time (thyme!). I have tried lots of different herbs but I keep coming back to the old favourites. I think Thyme is possibly my #1 favourite.

  3. Phil makes a great thyme fried potato, lol.

  4. I tried the strawberry bread. The first time I made it, I put all the ingredients together but, it didn't look right so, I added a cup of milk. After baking it, it came out looking good only, the center was kind of like pudding, which it didn't taste all that bad. Anyway, I tried it again following the directions to a T and it came out pretty good.

  5. I was so sad to discover that my thyme didn't overwinter this year. :( It is one of my favorites. And, LOL, I actually planted some lemon balm. We make tea out of it.
    There is nothing like fresh herbs to make your cooking pop.

  6. I have used lemon balm in tea but I just don't drink that much tea.
    John, glad your second strawberry bread came out good but I know why you added the milk to the first one, the batter is so thick, but I guess that is just the way it has to be.

  7. I'm growing Lemon Balm this year for the first time. And now--I'm wondering why??

    Ah well, hopefully it LOOKS good out in the garden!

  8. You can make tea and there are recipes for lemon balm jelly (I have tried it more than once and never got it to jell). I hear you can make a bug repellant(I have rubbed it on me before--I don't buy store bought bug repellant--and it works for 10 to 15 minutes). But I keep mine around just because I love to brush against it and smell it, lol.

  9. Nice Herbs :) We started growin some 2 years ago. I love fresh basil. I love dryin them & using in the winter.

  10. We don't have a real long winter here but I do like to dry the basil in case I need it.