I have to say, that although my mother was a great cook, she never used a lot of herbs in her cooking. She was more of a basic kind of cook. We usually could tell what was going to be on the table by what day of the week it was.
After I married I started using more spices and herbs in my cooking. Then approximately ten years ago I began using fresh herbs.
One of the problems with using fresh herbs, at least for me, is finding them. We have several stores that carry them but on any given day they might not have the ones I need in stock. Then there is always the problem of storing them. I do keep them in seal tight containers, but as you know, if they are not used in a given amount of time they go to waste.
I've always wanted a herb garden but I have heard stories about how the herbs will take over your entire yard if left unattended.
This year I had the bright idea of making a small herb garden in my kitchen window. I went to my local nursery and purchased the herbs I thought I would use the most. I potted them and placed them on the shelves in my window. I have to say they looked very nice for several days. Then I noticed tiny little yellow gnat's of some sort in the window and flitting about the plants. I thought that would be the end of my herb gardening days forever.
In the end I decided to replant the herbs in a couple of containers I had stored in the garage. (Funny thing I haven't noticed any more gnats) I found a little frog and used one of the rocks I got in Petoskey last year to dress up the planter. I also added some wood chips to keep down any weeds that might decide to stop by for a visit. I must say my little garden is thriving. The plants have already doubled in size.
The only problem I see as of now is that of our inquisitive little hound Charli. She loves mint! I like to put it in her water bowl to keep her breath nice and fresh. I have already caught her several times sniffing at the mint in the planter. As soon as I give out a holler she runs away from the plants but time will tell if her curiosity will win out over her listening skills.
The herbs I have chosen for my garden are oregano, lemon thyme, sage, rosemary, mint, and basil. Even though it is still quite early in the year for planting I have been able to store them in our garage at night and bring them outside during the day light hours.
Best of all is that I have already been using my herbs! Last night my hubby and I had a salad with fresh basil, oregano, and thyme in it. It was sooo good! I'm looking forward to making a lot of sun tea this summer with mint and raspberries in it. Oops, I'll have to go to the store for those raspberries though.
How about you? Do you like to use fresh herbs in your cooking? Do you buy them or do you have a herb garden of your own?
I hope you are all having a wonderful week. The sun is shining here and I have been working out in the yard a little bit this morning.
My heart and prayers goes out to all of those who have been affected by these deadly tornado's we have been having.
Take care my friends ♥
With warmest regards, Carol