Friday, June 1, 2012

Re-Doing the Herb Garden

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I have a little corner where I like to grow herbs behind my house.  Unfortunately, I have found  that some herbs struggle for survival over the long haul and others do really well and want to take over the whole area. This means that every other year or so I have to clean up my herb garden a bit.

This spring I found that oregano, parsley, and fennel had completely taken control of the garden. There was also a healthy sage plant that returned this spring.

I found dill and cilantro scattered throughout my flower gardens.  Long ago I realized that when plants re-seed themselves it does not necessarily mean it will be in the same garden where they started.  And so, for now, I have a tall, bushy cilantro plant among my roses and perennials, doing very nicely there, thank you very much!

However, as I wanted a few herbs besides the aforementioned control freaks, I decided it was time to clean out my bed and plant a few more.

The oregano was a monster plant and I had to get a large shovel and put some effort into removing that one. The parsley, sage, and fennel were a little easier to remove. I left a little section of all four plants and then added dill, rosemary, chives, and cilantro. Yes, I am a cilantro fanatic and I figure once this one gets going, I can get the rogue plant out of my flower bed.

It was hard work, but the end result was worth it.  I love cooking with herbs.  They add so much to ordinary food, like potatoes, chicken, and vegetables. I will post more on that in the coming weeks and give some ideas for recipes.

But, for now, why don't you find a little corner to grow a few herbs?  I will give you a few ideas next week for great herbs with which to get started.

Have a great weekend!


  1. I'm growing some herbs and other vegetables at a friend's house. (Borrowing her yard.) I can't wait to see how it all turns out!

    I'm a cilantro fanatic too!

  2. Erica, if you like cilantro, you will have to laugh at my cilantro story which I posted on my devotional blog at this link:

    I had been buying cilantro for months, only to find a giant cilantro plant in my flower garden! So now I have plenty!!