Saturday, September 1, 2007

WHB - Herb Garden

I thought I would try something different this week for Weekend Herb Blogging, this weekend it is back at Kalyn's Kitchen. I missed 2 weekends in a row, getting back into the swing of school and teaching. Well, actually I feel like as a special education teacher I do more paperwork than teach, but then, that's a whole other posting topic, isn't it? Back to Weekend Herb Blogging, instead of recipe, I am showing pictures of my herb garden. Despite the incredibly hot weather, coupled with a drought, my herb garden has been quite successful this year.

In this first picture you see my sage, it's sort of in the front of the bed. This has been the best year for sage, mine has never looked so healthy. Unfortunately I never use it. About the only thing I ever use sage for is saltimbocca and pork sausage recipes. Maybe that is why my sage looks so good, it never gets used!

Next up is oregano. This stuff goes insane, I have to pull it out like a week. You can see that it is flowering. I don't even bother to keep it from going to flower or to seed, it never dies off or slows down. It grows and spreads like a vine. Very few recipes call for fresh oregano, most say that dried has more flavor. I use it in recipes, but usually also toss in a little dried.

This third picture is my tarragon. Look at how gorgeous it is! This is the one that I am most ashamed of, because I never, ever, ever use it. I love the flavor of fresh tarragon, but I just never think of using it in recipes. Every once in a while I come across a recipe that sounds good and calls for fresh tarragon, but I always seem to find these recipes in the middle of winter! If anyone has any good ideas for my tarragon, please send them my way.

I've got more pictures of my herbs, but to keep this from being so picture intensive, I'll save them for another post!


Kalyn said...

Your garden is just beautiful! Everything looks so lush and healthy. (And I do hear you about the paperwork, but yes, that's a whole other blog I think, with so much to say on the topic!)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pam, your garden is fabulous! I wish I lived nearby so I could "borrow" some herbs from you!

Simona said...

Your plants look gorgeous! I am a bit envious about the tarragon: I sang serenades to mine, to no avail.

Lori said...

I bought an oregano plant a few years ago. It is now an oregano bush. :o) Even though I don't use it much, I leave it for the bumblebees.

Beautiful garden!

gwen sutherland kaiser said...

tarragon... hmmnnnn... my mom made a potatoe salmon chowder which called for it last week. personally, i like to saute eggplant, garlic and olive oil, along with some fresh tarragon. i cook it down until it's mush, and then toss it with some pasta.... it's pretty good!