I love food. Like, really love food. Cooking is therapy for me, as is gardening. So, edible gardens get me excited! If a vegetable garden is too overwhelming for you, try an herb garden. They are useful in SO MANY ways and super easy to grow!
Start with some containers placed in an area that you will see often. I’ve learned that gardens you don’t see from a main window or walk past daily end up getting out of hand because we forget. Yes, even mine. That doesn’t mean you don’t have a green thumb, it just means you are a normal, busy human!
Containers are ideal for herbs because some herbs like lemon balm and mint can be invasive and take over really quickly if you plant them in the ground. Containers also keep things manageable in a small space. I keep mine on my patio since they smell so good and they are accessible from my kitchen when I’m cooking.
Some of my favorites…
I love sage. Just boil water, put in a few sage leaves, let them sit in the water, add some honey if you wish, and drink up! Everyone in my family drinks this when they have a sore, scratchy throat and it’s so soothing.
Nothing says summer in the south to me more than sweet tea with mint leaves in it, except maybe a mojito, but we’ll keep it non-alcoholic since it’s still before lunch. Just make your good ole sweet tea and grab a handful of mint leaves, crush them, and throw them in.
We use rosemary in a lot of dishes. My favorite use for it in the summer is to strip the leaves off the stems (you need a mature bush for this – and save the leaves for another recipe!) and use the stems for kabob skewers.
I will wrap this up with lavender. My lavender is planted in red clay, full sun, and no irrigation. It does wonderfully. My friend made lavender salt scrubs for Christmas. I love it for cuttings to keep by the kitchen window and smell. Oh – did I mention mine is planted by Charlie’s fishing boat? It has survived a few times of being crushed by our tacky “yard art”.
We have to keep this monstrosity parked in our tiny yard because, heaven forbid, an opportunity to go fishing arises without adequate notice to drive somewhere and pick up the boat. That would be unacceptable.
I digress. The bottom line is herbs are tough, fragrant, beautiful, and functional. Go out this weekend and get an herb garden started! You’ll thank me when you are sipping your mint tea (or mojito – whatever floats your boat) this summer!