Monday, June 21, 2010

Fresh Summer Herbs Are A Must!

If you cook, then you'll want to grow a kitchen herb garden.

The other night, I whipped up a fresh pesto sauce with the Basil and Parsley I'm growing. Then I made Grilled Peppers with Pesto, from License to Grill by Chris Knight and Rob Rainford. Yummy!

Grow your favs!
You should grow herbs that you know you'll use. Italian and French cooking are my favourites, so I've planted:
  • Parsley
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Chervil

I transferred the herbs to larger pots, putting a layer of gravel first for drainage. The soil I used was labelled potting soil. I got four bags for $10. Though most of the herbs are doing well, the Basil is not happy!  I believe I should have used the "soilless" potting soil instead. Last year I used the Miracle Grow potting soil. All my plants flourished. So, I guess the lesson is, don't cheap out on your soil!

With gardening, you live and learn.


  1. It wouldn't be summer in my garden without herbs...have grown and enjoyed them for years. Bought a dehydrator a few years back and now I dry the oregano and thyme so that I can enjoy them all year long. Thanks for reminding me of these pleasures.

  2. Someone told me that they preserve basil by washing it, letting it dry, chopping it and then storing it in a plastic bag in the freezer. when they make for instance, a tomato sauce, they just drop it in frozen.


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