Spring is here! The chickadee is kind enough to wake us up at 5:45 each morning. There have been rumbling thunderstorms which means MN spring blizzards are behind us (yes spring blizzards exist, it snowed May 1st this year). Buds are poking out, flowers are blooming and herb gardens are growing! Spring!
Today we started our garden. Since our yard still needs some work (i.e. weeds to pull, leaves to rake, branches to prune) before we can plant anything in the ground, we decided to use pots for both flowers and herbs/leafy greens.
We planted butter leaf lettuce, and mixed in some magenta zinnias to add brightness and contrast.
We combined yellow marigolds and burnt orange zinnias.
We planted deep purple and magenta petunias together. Colors of royalty!
More orange zinnias and purple petunias. We love the contrasting colors!
On the left we planted spinach (yum!) and curly parsley. On the right is sweet basil, rosemary and oregano. There are so many different herbs to choose from and even once you decide on one, there are 5 or more different types of that herb to pick. It can be overwhelming! Here’s our tip: plant what you know, plant what is versatile. For example, sweet basil is awesome on pizza, is great in salad dressings and even in fizzy summer drinks. Parsley is fantastic in marinades for chicken and fish, adds a freshness to crab cakes, and gives a sweetness to homemade salsa. Rosemary is wonderful on roasted baby red potatoes and in hummus. Our favorite use of oregano is in homemade turkey burgers and in homemade marinara sauce. Our list could go on and on, but you get the point. Use what you know!
We can’t wait to sit out on our patio, take in the beautiful flowers, and enjoy a meal made with our home grown herbs!