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The Spice of Life

June 2nd, 2008 at 07:01 pm

Yesterday the weather was delightful and I spent some time on my patio enjoying the sun, the birds at the feeder, and marveling at how quickly things grow when the weather cooperates.

Since my patio is small, my garden is a collection of containers. In addition to the plants that are solely for the enjoyment of their beauty, I also like to grow edible plants. So far, I have planted pots with:
~ four types of mint (for tea, garnishes, salads, and mojitos)
~ basil (for salads, marinades, and pesto)
~ oregano and thyme (for marinades, sauces, rubs)
~ Fresno peppers (grilling, stuffing, salsa)

These are fun and easy to grow and do not require lots of water. The herbs are much more economical than buying fresh bunches at the store. I just snip what I need for my recipe.

The basil is ready to begin harvesting. It will grow all summer long.

The mint and thyme are ready to use but we will have to wait until July for the peppers.

Just for the beauty...these are a couple of my favorites. Million bells are easy to grow and they resist bud worms. These are planted in a pot I brought back from a trip to Mexico.

This stag horn fern is happy to just hang on a piece of bark nailed to my fence.

4 Responses to “The Spice of Life”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I just purchased a mint plant. I hope to make tea. Since it is already growing, I assume I could harvest some now if I wanted. What do you think?

  2. Analise Says:

    Yes, mint can be harvested almost right away. The more you snip, the thicker it grows. Just give it lots of water. Mint does well in pots because if planted in the regular garden, it can almost become invasive.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks! I'll move it to a pot...because you are the 2nd person to tell me about it taking over a regular garden.

  4. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Thanks for sharing. Your plants look so vibrant in the sun! I am growing spearmint, basil, thyme, oregano, tarragon. My valerian I fear gave up the ghost. I should bring my chamomile back in: we don't have the great sun you do right now.

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