I’m a beginning gardener. I love the idea of growing my own food and having fresh fruits and vegetables. We currently don’t have the space to have a full blown garden but I have found a patch of dirt where I made my herb garden. I love using fresh herbs in my recipes. It’s so nice to walk out the door and pick what I need. I seriously can taste a huge difference using fresh herbs compared to using those jars of dried herbs.
Gardening has been something I grew up watching my mom do. I remember being a little upset every time she would dig up grass in our back yard to make more room for her garden. Now that I’m an adult, I understand that more. My mom loves being outside and working in the dirt. She has always mowed the lawn and is continually planting. Working outside is one of her favorite past times and I hope I will one day be as good at it as she is. Below is a picture of my daughter, Peyton. She is such a big helper! After she helped me plant the herb garden, I had to hose her down. Dirt was all over her including her mouth. Yuck!Below is Lavender. It’s not used so much in cooking as it is in beauty and fragrances. Lavender is known for helping with anxiety, insomnia, and depression. I’m a huge fan of Mexican food so I find myself using a lot of Cilantro. Using fresh Cilantro from your Herb Garden is great in Aubrey’s Black Bean Cilantro Dip. To start a garden, you need to prep the soil. This step can’t be stressed enough. Turn your soil, add mulch, and water a few days before you’re ready to plant. On planting day, vision how you want it to look. Make sure you give adequate space between herbs. Dig a 6 inch hole and add water to the hole. Then add the plant. You may opt to do seeds and that’s great! Cover up the remaining space and that’s it. If you are like me you will sometimes forget which plant is which. Marking them is a good idea. I water every other day depending on weather. If it’s really hot then I water more often.
One of my favorite basil recipes is Desi’s Bruschetta Lasagna Rolls Ups. When I’m cooking for a mom who just had a baby or a friend that’s sick that is my go to meal.
For the past 2 years that I’ve been gardening, I have realized that it’s something I love. Being “Green” can be fun. For me, an herb garden is simple, relaxing, and tasty. If gardening intimidates you then I suggest you try it and stay basic and simple. If you don’t have space then do it in pots. You might find you have a new talent.