2009 Garden Update #9 (The Herbs are Flourishing!)
posted by Kalyn Denny on September 19, 2009
For anyone who’s forgotten (or is new to the blog) Friday Night Photos is a feature I started to encourage me to practice using my camera for something besides carefully staged food shots. It’s fun, but lots of times the pictures show how much I have to learn as a photographer. Let me make it clear that these are not what I would consider good photos! I have a new lens, so I wandered out into the garden in the early morning and took a few photos, and when I saw the pictures I realized I should have bumped up the ISO (and a few were so blurry they were immediately deleted.) But even when the photos are bad, I do like remembering how the herbs are growing, and this year’s crop of herbs has been stellar. I have two boxes (2 feet X 10 feet) with herbs, so starting from the west, on the end we have lots of basil. It’s definitely time to give the basil a good trimming and freeze some basil, but I’ve made quite a few batches of basil vinaigrette the last month, so it’s been a good year for basil.
Next to the basil is chives, an herb I only started using last year. I grew it along the fence first, but this year I moved it into the herb box, where I’m more likely to remember to snip some chives to use in a Garden Veggie Frittata or to sprinkle over some Tuscan Baked Eggs.
After the rosemary comes flat leaf parsley, which many cooks prefer although I actually like both kinds about the same. I used this recently when I swooned over Fattoush Lebanese Salad, and it’s also good in Turkey and Wild Rice Soup and Chimichurri Sauce. (I’ve never tried freezing parsley since I can buy it cheaply all year, but would love to hear how it worked if anyone has tried it.)
After the flat parsley is this Italian Oregano, which has smaller leaves and is a bit milder than Greek Oregano. I used dried oregano when I made Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew, but I’m guessing that oregano can also be frozen and I think I’ll freeze some of this for soups this winter.
Next to the Italian Oregano we have Lemon Thyme, which I just used in an interesting recipe I’ll be posting next week. This is the type of thyme I’d be most likely to use raw, but it’s also good in cooked dishes like Roasted Butternut Squash.
I just gave these marjoram plants a healthy trimming, which is why they’re so small. Marjoram is something I hadn’t used much until my sister Sandee gave me the recipe for Marinated Tomatoes with Parsley and Marjoram that breaks all the rules for tomato salads, but tastes so great.
I do have a few more herbs growing along my fence, including dill, Golden Oregano, and of course, the ever-hardy mint, and this year I planted a lavender plant in one of my flower beds. As you can probably tell, I love having herbs in the garden, even when the photos don’t turn out to be that great! If you have a garden, what herbs do you like to grow?
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