“Fresh herbs offer an astounding palette of vibrant and glorious tastes, but their delights go beyond the flavors they lend to food. For a cook, there is joy in simply handling fresh herbs in the kitchen. Who can resist stroking the proud sticky needles of rosemary, rubbing a plush sage leaf, or crushing a crinkled leaf of verdant mint between their fingers? When yous trip the fragrant leaves off sweet marjoram or tuck a few sprigs of shrubby thyme in a simmering stew, you feel connected to the soil and the season, no matter where you kitchen is.”
Jerry Traunfeld The Herbfarm Cookbook
Here at Chiot’s Run I add a few new herbs to the garden each year. I have annual herbs that are sown each spring including dill, parsley, cilantro, chamomile and several types of basil. My gardens are also filled with all sorts of perennial herbs like: Greek oregano, English thyme, catmint, anise hyssop, peppermint, spearmint, chives, sage, and many more. I also have houseplant herbs, they usually spend their summers outside and winter over inside so I can use them in all my winter dishes these include: rosemary, lemon thyme, chives, seasoning celery, parsley, lemongrass, hops flowering oregano, lemon geranium, lemon verbena and a pot of ginger. I also have a few herbs that are used for medicinal purposes like a tea tree oil plant. Herbs are used here for seasoning purposes and for medicinal purposes. I’m learning a little more each year about using them medicinally and I’m quite happy with the results.
It’s Jennifer from Unearthing This Life. Like Susy, I’m slowly learning more and more about herbs and their benefits for our bodies. But their benefits for our spirits has been well known to me for quite some time. Oh! The smells they offer us! The tastes! The textures! I recall being a teenager making concoctions of oils and vinegars as gifts, basing my recipes on herb books and my own senses. If I could I think I’d have an entire lavender garden to walk in on rainy days, right next to rosemary shrubs and thyme.
I’ve also studied the benefits of herbs for our gardens and how they affect my fruits and vegetables. Plants like borage and lavender can draw pollinators like bees and butterflies to your garden. Basil and cilantro can benefit tomatoes and peppers by keeping humidity high and help by shading roots.
Since we visited the Cherokee last year I became much more interested in our native herbs. Mullein, goldenrod, and other plants that are beneficial just amaze me. I never knew such wonderful things grew right outside my back door and that I didn’t have to special order them from some far away gardener. Now that I know better I’m not so prone to trim back all of those “weeds” growing around our lawn!
What kinds of herbs are growing in your garden?