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In praise of fresh herbs, and taking risks

Now that my herb garden is growing successfully, we have started to incorporate some of the fresh herbs into our daily meals. We snip a few chives into our omelets, tear up some basil leaves and scatter them over our pizza before baking, add fresh oregano to our pasta sauces, and toss parsley and sweet basil in with our salad greens.

I’m so glad my husband persistently nudged me into starting this long-planned experiment in growing things. While it was something that I’ve often wanted to do, I never actually bothered to try… and I certainly never realized just how rewarding it could be! Everything tastes so much better with the addition of fresh herbs. And though it’s a long way off, I’m already looking at how I can better plan and even expand my herb garden next year so that we’re sure to have fresh herbs throughout the whole summer.

It’s all rather amusing to me, as I have never considered myself to have a green thumb… but perhaps it was because I never really tried? In so many ways, moving to my new city has brought out my adventuresome side, one that’s more willing to try things that might involve failure. It’s like I realize at some level that if I can successfully uproot myself and move clear across the country, and experience success with that, what else might I be able to achieve?!

Either that, or someone else has taken over my life!

Naah… let’s say it’s all me. 🙂

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • schulmanlinda
    July 23, 2012

    I’m so envious of you! I want  a garden so bad. The house that we moved into, had an all concrete backyard, with room on the border for bushes, that we planted for greenery and color. I miss having a nice little plowed patch for gardening. I have thoughts of growing herbs on a stand with levels. I just haven’t done it. Enjoy! Luckily, the homeowner’s association planted lots of Rosemary in my front yard. I pick it all the time for decoration in my kitchen and for cooking. 

    • DawnStorey July 24, 2012

      It’s amazing what you can do with containers in a small space – if you have time to set some up next spring, I highly recommend doing so! The results are so rewarding. Glad you have access to rosemary – it’s lovely stuff. 🙂

  • GirlWhoCriedSkinny July 24, 2012

    Yay for being adventurous!  I’m jealous of your herb garden 🙂

  • BeckyCochrane July 24, 2012

    You are daily proof of how trying new things feeds the positive side of our natures.


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