Herbs are Blooming like crazy!

Hi everyone!

Although we have several different places we grow herbs for our herb business, we still  have a lot of beautiful healthy herbs right here at home that we use for our personal use.

And those herbs are blooming left and right. This is another thing why we like to plant more herbs than flowers. They are beautiful and bloom but, they are also edible. Double duty plants! Oh, and let’s not forget the amazing smell right after a rain when the sun hits them! Heavenly!!

Outdoor2011spring 008We have two boxes built in the front of our patio that are filled with wonderful herbs.

Outdoor2011spring 010Beautiful blooms. What you are looking at is Feverfew (small white snowball looking blooms), cilantro (small lacy white flowers), Yarrow ( little white flowers) and  Borage (purple flowers) on this side. Thankfully when the Cilantro bolted, it gave us a bunch of baby plants that are so tasty!

Outdoor2011spring 011The other side has lemon balm, Italian parsley (the white flowers), Lemon Verbena and Orange Thyme

Outdoor2011spring 012In the larger bed that runs about 8 feet along our walkway is blooming French Thyme.

Outdoor2011spring 013And Lemon Thyme.

Outdoor2011spring 014Sage. This so needs to be harvested ASAP!

I did manage to harvest one small area of our three areas of chives.

Outdoor2011spring 007All those at the bottom of this picture are chives. We have the same on the other side.

Outdoor2011spring 029Definitely looking wild and out of control!

I had time to plop my tush down and harvest and clean out one side.

Outdoor2011spring 022Half way done with this side.

Outdoor2011spring 023They are just so sweet.

Outdoor2011spring 026Yay! all done on that side.

Outdoor2011spring 028After sitting there cutting all the chives, I plucked out all the bad ones and the weeds.

Outdoor2011spring 027After a cleaning rinse, I will cut them roughly in half and then just spread them out on the cookie sheet and put them on the dash of one of our trucks. Yup, that is the best way we have found for drying our herbs naturally. We have tried the oven method, the dehydrator method, the hanging in bundles and the paper bag method. We have found this works the very best for us. They will stay in the truck for the next several days. Once dry, they get chopped and stored.

So, this is also my Tip of the week. Even if you grow just a little bit of herbs but, have no idea how to preserve them. Just clip off some, rinse and spread them on a cookie sheet and put in your car to dry. You would not believe how amazing your car smells! Once they are completely dry, just crunch them up and put into a air tight jar. See, it is really no big deal to dry your own herbs!

We add no drying agents or any chemicals what so ever to our herbs. We don’t use any type of chemical  for any reason in growing or harvesting our herbs. Our soil is composted from all natural items. This is absolutely a number one factor in our herb business. Our little Princess has sensitive skin especailly with harsh chemicals and she is one of the main reasons we started this business. She can go out and pluck any herb at any time and eat if she wants. We created a lot of all natural lotions and ointments just for her and now all of us use them. Isn’t that they way things start, out of necessity? 

I hope you enjoyed the little tour with me today. Have a wonderful day!

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25 comments :

  1. I want to start an herb garden at our place in the woods so when we retire it will be established. Are there certain herbs that are deer/varmint proof? What herbs should I start out with? Do they take any certain kind of fertilizer/care? Very interesting post!

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  2. You have a beautiful herb garden. I have a small one this year, but next year hope to add more herbs.

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  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the drying tips!! I have herbs here and there because they smell divine and the flowers are a bonus, haven't really tried to dry them....oh but I will now!!

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  4. We have several different herbs blooming now too and I love seeing the little hummers come and visit the tiny blossoms too. They do smell wonderful. In the past we have also sprinkled dill seed in the beds too and I just love to rub my hand over those plants -- mmmmm what a fragrance! I've not seen any come up so far this year. I don't harvest much but enjoy the smells more than anything.

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  5. Thank you for the drying tip. I will remember it for future reference.
    MaryAnn

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  6. Hi Diann, I have a small herb garden too. They do smell wonderful! I would be interested in hearing more about the skin care products you make from your herbs. Have a wonderful wknd!
    Blessings, Beth

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  7. I have only done the chive one yr and that is so interesting in how to dry. I have never grown herbs before. I will have to plant more next year.
    Thanks for the tip
    Have a great weekend.

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  8. I'm SO loving your tip about drying herbs in the car! I'm crazy about the scent of basil, so I'm going to try this. Thanks so much for sharing, and your herbs look so beautiful and healthy!

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  9. Never realized how easy it was to dry them! In your car, in the sun, for a few days!! LOVE that!

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  10. I have not had such great luck at growing herbs like you have. I also love this method of drying...perfect. hugs, Linda

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  11. Your herbs look beautiful...I would love to try my hand at growing herbs...Are they hard to grow? Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge about how to dry them :)
    Have a nice weekend!
    Big hugs,
    Queenie

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  12. SERIOUSLY!? Just stick 'em in the car on a cookie sheet...LOVE that tip!!! THANKS!!

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  13. Pretty little flowers Diann! I'll be the truck does smell good-Happy Weekend:@)

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  14. I am going to have to try this tip! Thanks!

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  15. well who'd have ever thought! good tip! I bet they smell glorious...I used to love mowing the grass when there were a few chives growing in it...love the smell!
    things gook awesome!
    Thanks for linking in and sharing your flaunt today!!! I always love seeing all the pretties everyone shares! Have a great weekend friend

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  16. I love your herb garden! Thanks for the drying tip. I don't have many herbs but I have a huge rosemary. I love its' fragrance after the rain.

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  17. Your feverfew looks so different than the one I have have always grown? My is daisy like, interesting!

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  18. Your make it look so easy. My little garden is looking so sad right with this heat. Love your photos, so perfect for summer sharing.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  19. Lovely herbs! Thanks for sharing your photos and tips! ~~Rhonda

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  20. I have a most delicious basket of herbs right out my kitchen door! It really likes the shady spot (well it's been over 100 for over 20 days now).. I have some old screens that I put the herbs on one and then cover with the other screen so they don't blow away.. but the car, well that is a great idea! many blessings, marlis

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  21. There's nothing like garden chives. I've not heard nor thought about drying herbs in vehicles -- the glass, I assume, helps the drying process along. And how did you come up with it? Accident? Or by design?

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  22. I am going to try your car drying method on my parsley today!

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  23. I love chives and all herbs. Love you drying method! Have a great week!

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  24. I never knew that drying herbs was so easy! Thanks for sharing your ideas with Seaonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  25. Dash of the car.... I am going to try this. Thanks so much for this wonderful tip. Loved your herb garden and your chives looks so tempting and fresh! Visiting from the Seasonal Sundays party. Have a great day!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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