I planted my baby tomato plants today in a last-ditch effort to save ’em after I accidentally left them outside in direct hot burning sunlight for a full day. They got sunburned. Badly. After a week of TLC, they seemed to recover somewhat, so I figured it was time for them to graduate.
Luckily it was a gray, drizzly day outside, so they weren’t subjected to more intense UV rays while they settled in their new home.
Since the rest of my herb garden is springing up tremendously well, I thought I’d give you a look-see. We planted this herb garden all from seed last year (and basil and tomatoes from seed again this year), and the ease with which it grew has really astounded me. Why doesn’t every cook have a garden? I know from now on I will always have these herbs in my garden–it’s so convenient and cheap!
Maybe I did inherit some of my mom’s green thumb!
We planted some catnip in the back to fuel Henry’s hysterical addiction–it hasn’t been growing well (too sandy?) and I almost gave up hope, but today I found this:
In our herb garden, our littlest baby, basil (can’t wait for some fresh pesto!):
‘Course there’s the chives, which you’ve recently witnessed starring in a vinegar recipe (which has since turned a beautiful pink color!):
Next up, lavender! Best use of lavender so far has been in this pork chop dry rub–different, and perfect. I’m excited because this year the lavender is much more plentiful than last year, and up way earlier, so I’m hoping for a lot more flowers.
Can’t have an herb garden without parsley–how else is a girl to garnish everything, or make pasta puttanesca?
Of course I have one of my most-used herbs, thyme, which is perfect for any and all soups, including this corn chowder, one of my first recipes on this blog! (Please don’t laugh at the quality of that post! I was just learning!):
I didn’t plant cilantro this year, and I was kind of sad because I’ve seen a couple of recipes lately that I wanted to try that call for it. Imagine my joy and surprise today when I discovered some seeds from last year must have regenerated! I was weeding and just knew I smelled cilantro. Yes! Hello, open-faced tacos!
And mint. Ah, mint. I planted this solely so I could make copious amounts of mojitos all summer long. But if plenty of fresh alcoholic drinks aren’t your thing, how about some fresh minty green iced tea (recipe coming soon to a blog near you!):
Last but not least, my precious tomatoes. I hope you live. I really want to eat you in chili form (pumpkin bowl or not)!
In other garden news, look who bloomed today! First one of the year! These irises (iris? irisi?) traveled all the way from my parent’s house two years ago:
Judging by the looks of things around the house, I think it’s rapidly approaching bedtime. Even Henry’s tuckered out:
(Thanks Mom for the box and its pre-cat contents today!)
Another full day of studying tomorrow–and some procrastinating, I’m sure. Speaking of which, how do you like the new blog design? I wanted something bright and summery!