Herbs! Herbs! Herbs!

Fresh herbs are so fun to use in cooking and baking. In fact, on a recent trip to Puerto Vallarta, we had fresh basil in everything from vodka drinks to fish dishes. I can’t wait to share some of those recipes and ideas with you all!

I bought several potted herbs last week. I know it’s a little late in the season but whatever. Gotta start somewhere, right? In the past Ive attempted to grow everything from tomatoes to chives to wildflowers from seeds with no luck. So this time around I decided to give my black thumb a head start and buy plants.

On a recent trip to my Granny’s house , I went digging through her garage for some pots. Well, I didn’t find any pots, but we did come up with the idea to repurpose these large coffee canisters as herb pots.

I still have not bought any potting soil, and after a little research I think the basil might need a larger pot. I’m a novice, so I will take any advice I can get about growing herbs in central Texas!

Here is the cute little pepper plant I got! I don’t even know what kind of peppers these are, the tag didn’t give much information. There are several more blooms and I’m very excited to watch these grow!

Above you can see the sweet basil and Provence lavender herbs. The rosemary has a succulent growing in it and the garlic chives have some Curley parsley sprouting up. I figure these were great because it’s like getting 2 for 1 on herbs!

This is spicy Italian oregano… Which I didn’t even know that was an actual thing! I’m pretty excited about this one!

This mint plant was the last one left and in pretty bad shape. My neighbors have a large mint plant that is thriving, so I’m hoping that with a little tlc, I can nurse this plant back to health. I already see some new growth up top!

Please send me your advice on herbs! I really don’t know much other than I spend a ton of money each week on fresh herbs, so why not grow them myself?!?

What soil should I use? How often should I water? How much sunlight? How often do I prune herbs? What shears should I use? Send me your tips and suggestions! I can’t wait to hear from you all!

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Natalie Paramore

The places I go, the things I do and what I eat.

August 3, 2012



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