Landscaping with Herbs

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You’re growing a garden! Good for you!

Growing your own food, even if it’s just a tomato plant in a flowerpot is a step in the right direction, of being/becoming more self-sufficient.

The news just shared an image of the long lines at a food bank in Dallas. And they ran out of food.

You don’t want to be in that predicament!

Start stocking up on what your family eats. Store some rice and some dry beans. Soup mixes. Meats in cans. Dry-can some pasta.

Do you have a front flower bed? Can’t plant vegetables in there because of the HOA? Bet you can sneak some herbs in the bed. IF the time comes where you’re forced to eat basics, like rice based or bean based meals you’ll be wishing you had some herbs and spices to make each meal ‘different’.

What herbs do you use all the time? Even if you aren’t a fancy cook you probably use at least ‘some’ herbs and spices in your cooking.

Most dishes can be enhanced with the addition of herbs. For instance, herbs such as oregano, basil and thyme go well with chicken. They can be added to rice dishes as well.

Purple Basil
Purple Basil

Mint is very easy to grow but be warned. It spreads! You’ll want to plant it in a container to control it. It’ll look pretty beside your front door and you can pinch off a leaf or two when you need it.

Chives are typically grower friendly and are pretty in a long slender pot such as a French clay pot.

chives
chives

I know, you’re thinking, it’s fall! I can’t plant now! BUT you can! Fall is a great time to plant certain herbs. These herbs like cool weather: parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, lavender, cilantro and mint.

While you’re at it, plant some fall vegetables too. These veggies like cool weather: Brussels sprouts, beets, cabbage, radishes, and well as short season lettuces, spinach and onions.

Check at your local plant nursery. Most folks buy their plantings in the spring. They’ll be glad to see you!

herbs ready to plant
herbs ready to plant