Sunday, June 2, 2013
I can’t quite believe the last time I post a gardening update was already more than two years ago! Chick here to see the post. Since then, I've added quite a few more herbs and plants to the family. Yes, I considered my herbs my family too, since I don’t have any pets. And yes, I guess I’m weird like that. But with someone like me, who got the biggest “brown thumb” (which means cactus died under my care, more than once), it’s a project to take care of a little herb garden and I’m proud it’s doing pretty well lately. With my current “yard” situation, I can only plant them in pots, many different pots and not on the ground like I wanted to. But hey, it’s better than nothing. I love using fresh herbs in my cooking, so these plants had been fantastic for me.
In the picture above, the one on the left is mint. They are the strongest growing thing and really can spread everywhere. Can you believe the one I originally had almost died on me (too)? So, as an insurance policy, I got another one. But somehow, the first mint plant survived my “brown thumb” so I have two now. The one on the right is Rosemary, the very first herb plant that I've got since 3 years ago. Chick here to see how small it was when I first purchased it.
The picture above is a pot of 3 different herbs. They are tarragon (on top with a little yellow blossom), spicy oregano (on the right) and thyme (on the left). I just got them this Spring as the previous one were “murdered”.
The picture above is the parsley. It was in the “ICU” (intensive care unit) during winter…but somehow, it survived and growing stronger than ever. So the saying of “whatever doesn't kill you would make you stronger” was right.
I have the sweetest neighbors. About a month ago, she shared some cherry tomato seeds with me. This picture above shown how much they've grown in just a month. Can’t wait to go tomato picking with my Baby Girl in my very own back yard!
This picture above is a chili plant. See the little white flowers blooming? I can’t wait to cook up something spicy food when the chilies are ready.
I love Thai basil and use them in my Thai dishes from time to time. But usually a recipe only calls for a small amount. I've purchased Thai basil in Asian supermarkets many times and often using not even one third of a package and have to throw out the rest as they turn brown rather quickly in the fridge. So, adding a plant of Thai Basil to my herb family (picture above) is just a natural thing to do as I can simply just cut whatever I needed. Isn't the purple and white blossoms beautiful? I love them. They smell amazing too!
This one is Italian sweet basil (picture above). I use this to make my own pesto and pasta dishes very often. It's growing gorgeous.
These last two pictures are from the front area of the house. See how the lovely flowers are blooming at their best? That’s because they are taken care of by my neighbor! hahaah…you didn't think my brown thumb turned green, right?
Thanks for reading. So, what are growing or blooming in your garden? Do you have herbs plants like I do? Is there any other herbs that you would suggest me to add to the family? Please share.