Last week I was able to pick up several 4″ pots of herbs from a local inexpensive garden nursery – it is a sweet old lady who, I think, starts most of the herbs and plants herself. Lovely plants at fabulous prices.
What herbs did I get?
- Cilantro – a must for homemade salsa
- Parsley – great for adding body to homemade soups
- Sage – both tricolor and regular sage
- Oregano – for my homemade spaghetti sauces I’ll make when my tomatoes ripen
- Thyme – a fantastic evergreen, edible ground cover
- Rosemary – one of my favorite herbs ever
- Lavender – a must for the fragrance garden
- Peppermint – because no herb garden is complete without it
- Marjoram – a popular culinary herb
- Chamomile – a must for a tea garden
- Lemon Verbena – highly fragrant and flavorful for tea
- Stevia – a natural sugar substitute that doesn’t raise blood sugar levels
- Dill – for pickling our cucumbers and my mother-in-law’s okra (I hate okra)
- Basil - pasta pesto here I come! Fresh basil is so expensive in the store and so easy to grow in containers
All told, the plants cost me less than $40. Compost and straw for the amending the soil kept me from purchasing dirt that cost more than my plants. The fresh plants and herbs, should I purchase them from the store, would be over $200. So I have saved my family over $150 this year just with my little container herb garden!