Planting an Herb Garden

While I’m busy sunning myself on the beach, I’m grabbing this post from my draft folder.  I’ve been meaning to do this for weeks, and I finally got my act together last week and put my herb garden together.

I mentioned that I’ve been using a lot more fresh ingredients lately in my attempts to eat healthier and with fewer carbs.  Slowly I’ve been collecting potted herbs as I’ve seen them at the grocery store and plopping them in a cereal bowl in my kitchen window sill.  Let’s just say that my window sill was getting P-R-E-T-T-Y crowded.  That, and I was running out of cereal bowls.

So I finally wised up and purchased a planter.  I put the basil, parsley, and oregano together.  I have another individual pot for my mint because I hear it likes to take over.

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Now my herbs have plenty of room to grow!  And my window sill is a lot less cluttered.

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Wish I could say the same for my counter top.  Ahem.

I’m afraid I’m going to wish I’d planted each of the herbs separately.  The long planter on my deck looks kind of sloppy, and the oregano is already falling over.  Any ideas?  Should I stake it?

I’d also like to add thyme and rosemary to my collection.  And perhaps cilantro.

What are your favorite herbs?  Do you grow them or shell out the big bucks at the grocery store?  If you use only dried herbs, I encourage you to try the fresh variety.  It really makes a difference.