Gardening is a hobby I enjoy. I guess I’m a nurturer. I like to see things grow, bloom and thrive. This year, I planted a culinary herb garden. I planted my favorites – basil, cilantro, oregano, sage, Italian parsley, thyme and rosemary. They’re in a raised cedar planter near the door for easy scissor snapping access. I have to say a special thank you and shout out to my husband who custom built my planter. It really is beautiful.
These herbs are all recommended by Pacific Northwest master gardeners. They will all do well here in the summer, as long as they get about 6 hours of sunshine a day. Container gardening also works well in the Pacific Northwest because it helps the plants stay a little warmer during our chilly nights. I’m pretty sure I see fewer slug issues with containers too. Maybe they don’t like getting slivers in their slug bellies if they try to crawl up the wooden planter. 🙂
Fresh herbs are essential in taking the most ordinary and simple dishes to extraordinary and flavorful. The dish above just wouldn’t be the same without the fresh tangy cilantro.
I also love a wide variety of flowers in the garden. The bees seem to like them too. Bees are so important for our gardens. Did you know you can help the bees by leaving out some water for them? A simple tray with a few rocks, shells or sea tiles filled with water will do. Happy gardening and happy eating!