I am definitely a country girl that loves to garden, quilt, preserve, hunt, and read. I love my family more than anything in the world. I live with my husband of fifty years. We have a son, daughter, granddaughter and grandson. We live on a 500+ acre farm in Virginia with about 75 cows & bulls, thirty chickens, and three dogs.
I’ve got my new herb garden set up and planted some of the herbs from the greenhouse.
I planted some oregano and lemon balm last year that came back and are doing quite well. They are pictured about midway in this photo. The white placards down the outer box name each herb that has or will be planted. The herbs I’m trying this summer besides the oregano and lemon balm are Opal basil, summer savory, thyme, marjoram, sage, Italian parsley, Italian basil, dill, lemon balm, tarragon, lemon basil, lavender, cinnamon basil, lemon savory, rosemary and fennel. I spoke of these in an earlier post about what was growing in the greenhouse. I’ve since added cilantro, chives, and chocolate mint.
During the summer reading I hope to add to my knowledge how to harvest, dry and save the herbs for my cooking pleasure.
I will update the progress of the herb as the summer passes.
I dug up all of the hibiscus that overtaken the flower bed on the outside of the yard. I’ve sprayed all of the weeds while they were peeping through the ground and now, I need to till it up and add some really good compost and maybe some Miracle Gro potting soil. It’s a large bed and I have to keep chicken wire around it because the chickens seem to love everything in it.
I’ve opened the greenhouse and have planted several herbs to start in this bed. I had three herbs in one section last summer just to see how they would do, and they lived through the winter. The herbs I have started in the greenhouse are oregano, summer savory, thyme, marjoram, sage, Italian parsley, Italian basil, dill, lemon balm, tarragon, lemon basil, lavender, cinnamon basil, lemon savory, rosemary and fennel. The basils, oregano, dill and rosemary have already come up and been transplanted. The cinnamon basil smells heavenly and is barely an inch tall and I can’t wait for it to mature!!! I also planted in large pots some cilantro, lemon basil and chives.
If all goes as planned, I will dry herbs this fall and give gifts of dried herbs to family and friends for gifts along with a chart of how to use them in cooking. I’m very excited about this project.