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Garden 2013: Growing Herbs

We have a full garden with tomatoes, melons, squash, sweet peas, beans, broccoli, peppers, and lettuce way at the back of our lot, but I am pleased that I chose to plant some herbs in containers a little closer to the house. Everything is growing and growing well. More than once, we’ve had to cut back our oregano, and our indoor basil plants have been flourishing in their little pots while we wait for the outdoor plants to mature.

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Weeds have sprouted up around the pots, which, these days, are nearly overtaken by a pile of concrete from our front yard project. I do my best to keep the pots themselves weed free, however, in order to give the little herbs the best chance possible to fill that soil.

So far, the basil, sage, and parsley have been doing the best, unless, of course, we turn our attention to the oregano. It’s in its second year and spilling over the top of the pot with leaves as thick as the greenest foliage.

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The only disappointment among these pots is my rosemary. It sprouted, and continues to grow, but slowly, far slower than the rest. I love rosemary. Next to basil, it’s probably my favourite herb. I have no idea when we’ll be able to start harvesting. Or, even, if we’ll be able to harvest. With luck, next year will be better; I hope all  my herbs come back with the strength of that oregano.
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Over the summer, I hope to gather my favourite recipes that put each of these herbs – sage, parsley, thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano, lemon balm, and mint – to good use. I will  have to learn how to put some of these to use. Lemon balm, for example, I’ve never used in my cooking before and mint, I’ve never used outside of a cup of tea. Soon, I hope I’ll be able to share some of these cooking adventures with you.
Do you have any suggestions of recipes I should check out for any one of those herbs? Have you planted any herbs? How are your gardens doing?
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