Sunday, April 15, 2012

Herbs on my porch

Every year I try to have some herbs on my porch so that I can have them to flavor my summertime meals. This year my sister was so sweet to re pot some of the herbs I had grown from seeds so I can just go out the back door and pick them.

Basil is my favorite, with cilantro and parsley tied for second. She gave me some of all of these and added a tomato in the center of one of the pots so I can have some of those, too.

Even if you grow herbs out in your garden as I do, it is really nice to have some on hand. In my case it is usually my deck. Right now they are on my front porch but eventually they will grow better on my back deck where there they will get more sun.

 I use the herbs in soups, stews, salad dressings and stir-fries. It pleases me to be able to run out and clip some onion greens, basil and parsley to go into a fresh olive oil salad dressing or marinara, cilantro for a Mexican dish or dill to flavor my pickles. I usually just take out my kitchen shears and clip enough sprigs of fresh herbs to make my meal extra special. The more you clip it seems he more they will grow. Last year I had fresh herbs at my fingertips until frost. I hope it will be the same this year and I think I have a pretty good start.

1 comment:

  1. Great post today Deberah - I am coaxing some cilantro to stay alive but it's a losing battle! By the way, HGTV had some gardening specials on over the weekend - they were featuring vertical gardens (This seems like such a 'Hot Topic,' The Weekend Today Show also had a segment on it.) So interesting - I want to give it a try, one of these days. Joanie