One of my favorite kinds of gardens that I don’t have is an herb garden.
In my mind, an herb garden is a mysterious and magical place where garden fairies hide in the day and then come out to dance and party through the night.
In my imaginary herb garden, the paths between the garden beds are lined with old worn bricks and guide you toward the center of the garden where there is a sundial marking the sunny hours. The garden is filled with all kinds of mysterious plants, at the peak of perfection and ready to be harvested.
I imagine there are some simple benches placed here and there where I can sit in the sun, which is never too hot, and watch the bees lazily buzz from herb flower to herb flower.
Though I long for such an herb garden, I’ve never planted one and I’m not likely to.
Instead I tuck a few herbs in the vegetable garden, sometimes.
Around the dwarf apple tree in the center bed in my raised bed vegetable garden, I planted thyme and sage. You can see them near the right center in the picture above. The leafy plants at the bottom of the picture are peppers and to the right are tomatoes.
The reason I only think to 'sometimes' plant herbs is that I don’t generally remember to use the herbs for anything, like cooking. But I’m determined to do better, especially in February when I am ordering seeds and it is snowing outside.
So this year’s garden will include
- ‘Italian Large Leaf’ Basil (I like pesto, I should make some.)
- ‘Fernleaf’ Dill (Maybe I’ll pickle some cucumbers after all?)
- Cilantro (Should I be so lucky as to have enough tomatoes for salsa.)
What herbs do you always plant in your vegetable garden? Or do you want to make me turn into a green-eyed gardener by telling me that you have an herb garden like my imaginary herb garden?