Urban Herb Garden

I really like to cook with fresh herbs, but many times when I buy them at the grocery store they go bad before I have a chance to use them.  I've always wanted to have an herb garden, but I live in an apartment so I don't have a place for one.  However I do have a patio, so this Spring I decided to create my own little urban herb garden, which I am affectionally calling my herban garden (see what I did there?).  

I went to my local farmers market and purchased the herbs I wanted: Basil, Chives, Parsley, Rosemary, Oregano, and Thyme.  Then I went to Lowes and bought two pots, potting soil, rocks, and Miracle Grow.  From there, my "herban" gardening adventure began.

I'm a little concerned that my patio does not get enough sun, so I kept the pots small so I would be able to move them around to catch as many rays as possible. 

First I put a layer of rocks in the bottom of each pot.

Next I began to add potting soil.  As a gardening novice, I don't own a spade, which I didn't think about until after I had come home from my garden supply shopping trip.  I found that a large metal kitchen spoon did the job just fine though!

Then I planted and watered my little herb plants!  I do not have a green thumb at all, so at this point I was totally proud of myself.  I'm really hoping these little guys flourish so I can just step out on the patio to pick my herbs when I'm ready to cook.

Now for the most important point of discussion, how am I going to use them?!  After all, these herbs are favorites of mine for a reason...

Basil

I love to roast tomatoes in olive oil/salt/pepper and then top with fresh basil.  Also, I have found that Basil really makes a grilled cheese.  Try combining cheddar, mozzarella, thinly sliced tomato, basil leaves, and Duke's Mayonnaise (Duke's Mayonnaise is the only mayonnaise!) between some crusty bread and just wait for your mind to be blown! 

Chives

I always put chives on eggs!  I like both scrambled and fried eggs, and tend to be very generous with chives on both.  Seriously, it's so good!  I have found dried Chives to be super expensive at my local grocery stores so I'm really excited to grow my own.

Parsley

I add parsley to a lot of soups that I make, especially a good old-fashioned chicken noodle.  I also will add it to almost any kind of salad.

Rosemary, Thyme

I use both of these all the time to flavor broths for soups.  I will just toss the entire sprig in the pot to cook, and then remove them when ready to serve.  I also love to add Thyme to my ground beef patties when making burgers.

Oregano

Italian food, enough said!  Okay, okay, if I'm trying to be healthy I like to add oregano to white beans.  Sauté up some garlic and onion.  Add chicken broth, white beans, and oregano to cook up, and it's delicious!  Rosemary is great for this too!

Wish me luck with my new gardening experiment!

Thanks for reading!

~Claire