Sunday, 5 January 2014
my herb garden
I confess I'm a bit of nerd when it comes to numbers and things and when planting my garden I like to work out what kind of value I can get from each of my little raised beds. What's amazing is the herb beds are easily the most valuable in the whole garden. Before I had my veggie garden I had loads of pots all around the place filled with different herbs. They grow really well in pots too.
I've got a mountain of sweet basil at the moment and will be making a huge lot of pesto for the freezer in the next few days. This year I've also got an excess of Thai basil which I like in my stirfries.
For those wondering what I use all these herbs for, I thought I'd put together a little list of some of the ones I have growing in my garden at the moment and a few things I do with them.
Sweet basil- pesto, pasta sauces, salads
Thai basil- stir fries, salads
Coriander- salads, stir fries, curries, pesto
Chives, Garlic chives, Spring onions- these go in everything from salads, bakes, soups, stews
Parsley- salads, bakes, stews, soups
Rosemary- roasts, bakes
Oregano, golden oregano- roasts, sauces, meat rubs, gravy
Marjoram- roasts, sauces, meat rubs, gravy
Thyme, lemon thyme, variegated thyme, pizza thyme- roasts, sauces, meat rubs, gravy, pizza sauce
Tarragon- stews, sauces
Bay leaves- stews, gravy, pickles, sauces
Curry leaves- curries, stir fries
Sage- sauces, meat rubs, gravy
Mint- salads, sauces, drinks
Do you use herbs in your cooking? Do you grow them in your garden?