Saturday, July 10, 2010

potted herb garden

 

Each spring I plant herbs in pots that can sit on the deck, close to the kitchen.  Then, if it is raining I do not have to tiptoe through wet grass to collect just the right herbs for the dish - I just step onto the deck and rosemary, parsley, thyme, savory, oregano, basil, marjoram and French tarragon await me.
Nasturtiums are planted in each pot with the herbs to provide a splash of colour and edible flowers with which to decorate a salad.  As you may be able to see, I have to place the potted herbs up on a bench to prevent little bunnies from eating them right down to the soil.   Potted herbs - a little luxury that can be enjoyed every day.
Here's a delicious way to use your herbs:   Use several herbs for this concoction - I often trim tops that are growing to high or pinch back ones that I want to bush out more and use the leaves from these pinchings.  Finely chop what you have (you can choose the herbs to suit your sandwich) parsley, basil, oregano, marjoram, etc. and mix it into the mayonnaise you plan to spread on the bread for your sandwich  Everything tastes better with the addition of a few herbs!
What's your favourite herb?  I love basil - but French Tarragon is to die for - add it liberally to a potato salad.



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25 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea Bonnie... add them to the mayo! I would have never thought about doing that. So, when's lunch? :c)

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  2. Nice! We have some spice plants on our apartment terrace and many more in El Griego. I like the spice name stones shown in the photos.

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  3. Hi Bonnie!

    Love your potted herb garden . . . I have one too! Yes, it is much easier to get to the herbs when they are potted and close to the kitchen. I really love those rock markers you've got too!

    My favorite herb is sage . . . I put in just about any dish . . . including my potato salad.

    ~Connie

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  4. Basil happens to be my favorite too! I have a small herb garden just a few feet from the back porch, where I grow two types of basil, parsley, chives, garlic and thyme...along with cucumbers, zuchinni and tomatoes.

    They don't present such lovely photos as yours though Bonnie!

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  5. Nice tip, Bonnie. I love herbs and spices and couldn't imagine life without them.

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  6. I can smell the herbs hundreds of miles away, Bonnie. My favorite is basil, which is planted excessively in our backyard garden each spring. Last evening, we had a simple caprese salad, with the tomatoes and basil coming from the garden, and at least once or twice per week, we have pasta with pesto. Is there anything better is life than this?

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  7. Hi Jayne: Yes, that simple addition makes a simple sandwich special. I do that in burrito-type roll-ups too, often put into hummus insteady of mayo.

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  8. Hi Lorenzo: Oh, I would do the same on a balcony in an apt.! The stones are a cute addition ... I think.

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  9. Hi Connie: Thanks for stopping by! I somehow forgot sage this year and am missing it. Have you ever sauteed it before adding it to a dish? Delish!!

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  10. Hi Wanda: I don't know - any pictures I have seen from all aspects of your property look wonderful to me!

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  11. Solitary Walker: They do add zip and interest to our food don't they?

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  12. Hi George: Yes, those simple pleasures are truly the 'stuff' of life. I prefer food with classic, simple, fresh ingredients - eaten al fresco with a loved one across the table - oh and a little vino is nice too.

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  13. we need to grow our own herbs...we have tried just about everything else...and i dont know enough to tell you a favorite...smiles. hope you are having a great saturday.

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  14. I am of your mind Bonnie. I really like basil, but I love French tarragon. Good thing, as it is a monster plant that takes over the garden! I really like fennel seed in tomato sauces as well. And I like thyme a lot too. I can't think of an herb I don't like.

    Your herbs look very cheery in their pots with the accompanying nasturtium.

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  15. Absolutely beautiful! I always have basil, dill and cilantro in my garden. My new favorite is chocolate mint. I use a little in my fruit salads or pesto, but mostly, I think it's beautiful and it smells wonderful. I would be happy to mail you some if you like. It's a mint, so it really goes when it grows! Peace.

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  16. Nasturtiums...my wife and I had some in a salad once and can attest to their light delicate flavour and beauty. Your herb garden is what I often thought about but never created. Superb idea.

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  17. How pretty! I am jealous! I cannot even keep a Chia-Pet alive!

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  18. Hi there again, Bonnie

    No . . . I have not tried sauteeing it first. I will have to try that soon. I love it so much that I grow 2 different varieties . . . the common sage and the purple one.

    I did plant 2 new herbs that I've never tried before and just couldn't resist. One is a Thai basil (much more pungent than the Italian type and not sure what to use it with just yet). The other is spearmint that I thought I could use as a garnish with iced tea or water.

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  19. Brian: Women love men who know how to spice things up!

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  20. Sandra: Ohhh - I'll will definitely try that - fennel seeds in tomato sauces!

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  21. Butternut Squash: What a kind offer! Actually my local nursery offers all the different flavors of mint and basil - so I could easily get it from there. Thanks though for the offer, you are a dear!!

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  22. Paul: Yes, nasturtiums have a good taste and can make the simplest of salads seem fit for a king and queen!

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  23. Connie: I think I prefer spearmint to peppermint. Many years back in my Martha Stewart wannabe days, I slid sage leaves between the skin and flesh of the Thanksgiving turkey. It made for a beautiful presentation - but I don't recall if the meat was infused with sage flavor. Now we are vegetarians so I don't have to worry about that rather distasteful technique!
    :-)

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  24. Missy: No, you are too busy keeping two very active little girls alive!!! You can do the herb thing when they are a little older.

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  25. I love basil, rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme. I love your little rocks with the names of the herbs on them. They are so cute!

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