Herbs

August 10, 2011 - How My Herb Garden Grows

Remember my beautiful new herb garden with a gate? A few months later, I’m happy to report that my basil, oregano, chives, rosemary, and sage are doing tremendous! The weeds are also flourishing! The parsley is languishing, and the dill is dead. However! It’s mostly doing well! ESPECIALLY the weeds! In fact, the weeds are...
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May 11, 2011 - My Herb Garden Design

When the large raised bed where I’ve been growing herbs for a couple of years was transformed to a little herb garden with a gate (and fence), I started plotting right away how to design it. I didn’t want to do something formal with it–that wouldn’t really fit in with our farm–but I wanted to...
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March 29, 2011 - A Little Herb Garden with a Gate

Last fall I started planning/dreaming about a transformation for my herb garden and the creation of a pie garden–both in raised beds just outside the main vegetable garden. This is what those two raised beds looked like last fall: I’ve been growing herbs in the herb bed for a couple of years. The other bed...
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September 11, 2010 - All That Basil

Some summers, I can hardly get enough basil to grow to make a pot of spaghetti. Other summers, the basil is as over-plentiful as zucchini. Usually, it’s the summer when it’s so abundant that I have the least time or focus to deal with the bounty. And then next thing you know, the basil is...
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January 2, 2010 - Little Garden of Hope

January is not one of my favorite months. It doesn’t include any good holidays and it’s long. And cold. And icy. February is short, it sports a cute holiday (Valentine’s Day), and it’s the month next to March (which boasts the onset of Spring–very exciting!). December has Christmas. January? January’s the one month of Winter...
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January 1, 2009 - Plant It and Spring Will Come

It’s January! I love January, love putting up the new calendar, love the new month that is only a few scant months away from SPRING! Okay, okay, I know that there are two months of winter left, and snow and zero degrees to come, and frozen pipes to boot, Wait, I left those frozen pipes...
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October 27, 2008 - Fried Green Tomatoes, Freezing Herbs, and Overwintering the Garden

The garden gate stands open now, nothing much left to protect within. Peas, zucchini, squash, green beans, peppers, and tomatoes are like a long-ago dream. Our garden wasn’t particularly abundant, but it did serve us well enough since I didn’t have a pressure canner to preserve any massive surplus anyway. I’ve been gifted with a...
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October 24, 2007 - Drying Herbs

Drying herbs is such a pretty job. And I feel very farmerish in the process. Yes, farmerish is a word. I made it up. If you use it a few times, it sounds right. I use twist-ties to bunch herbs, then clip them to a clothesline with laundry pins. All you need is a cool,...
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