Today I decided I should get my herbs planted. Mother's Day is this weekend, and I was worried I might not get the herbs I wanted this year if I waited any longer. I also knew I just couldn't wait to walk around and look at all the flower, herb, and vegetable plants one more minute! Talking to myself in my truck beforehand, telling myself I could only buy so much, helped keep me focused, but it was very difficult to reign myself in and stay with the herbs. I discovered this about myself today: flowers and books have similar effects on me: I find myself lingering, planning where I can move stuff around to make more room. Both are dangerous to my pocketbook, but I just can't help myself. Who needs lots of purses and shoes when there are books and flowers wanting a good home?
I bought cilantro, basil, lemon thyme, rosemary, thai basil, and french tarragon. Last year was my first year planting herbs in pots and I had great success with all of them. Regular watering, plenty of sun, and feedings of Miracle Gro made my basil, rosemary, and oregano huge!
So why mess with a proven winner? I'll continue to do the same this year. Bud and I will be making pizza on the grill this year, and I can't wait to use my fresh herbs for pizza, marinades, and salsa.
It's amazing what a simple thing planting herbs did to lift my spirits and make me happy today. And.....a lovely surprise in the yard: