herb garden

The temperatures were quite warm in northwest Ohio this past week.  I spent the time working in my yard, and getting it ready for the summer.  Weeds were pulled, flowers were planted, mulch was spread.  If I do say so myself, the yard and flower beds look pretty good.  One of my favorite areas is this space that I use for an herb garden.

herb garden | polka dots and picket fences

herb garden | polka dots and picket fences

I planted this area with herbs the first year that we lived here.  I grow just the typical herb plants…rosemary, oregano, mint, dill, basil, lavender…nothing too fancy.  What I really love about my herb garden are these adorable signs!  I’ve had them for 15 years, and I think they look so cute in the yard.

herb garden | polka dots and picket fences

herb garden | polka dots and picket fences

herb garden | polka dots and picket fences

I know that most herbs are perennials, so therefore they should come back year after year.  However, I do need to replace some of them every spring. This year I planted some basil, rosemary, and dill.   The mint NEVER needs replacing…it is quite plentiful!

herb garden | polka dots and picket fences

Aside from looking lovely in my yard, I use my herbs for cooking throughout the summer.  I enjoy walking out my back kitchen door and cutting off a few sprigs of whatever I need.  I love to season salmon with some dill.  Roasted potatoes taste great with some fresh chopped rosemary.  I throw a bit of fresh oregano into my spaghetti sauce.  My girls enjoy making sun tea with a few stems of mint tucked inside the glass container.

herb garden | polka dots and picket fences

herb garden | polka dots and picket fences

herb garden | polka dots and picket fences

At the end of the summer, I use all the basil to make pesto.  I freeze it in containers to use throughout the year.  It tastes so fresh!

herb garden | polka dots and picket fences

I love how it looks AND smells when I walk past my herb garden, and it is a joy to use the plants fresh off the stem to season my cooking!

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