2012 The Year of the Herbs

Hi everyone!

Did you know that 2012 is “The Year of the Herbs”?

The National Garden Bureau and the Herb Society of America have teamed up to name 2012 Year Of the Herbs.

This is the first time the not-for-profits have partnered in their missions to promote gardening and educate people about growing plants.

How exciting is that for Troy and I! We are hoping that this year DTL Herbs will be a fun and prosperous year.


And since this is the year of the herbs, I plan on sharing tips, ideas, how-to’s, recipes and lots of other fun things here on The Thrifty Groove and over at our DTL Herb blog.

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Spearmint from our garden

As part of owning an Herb Business, we do a lot of educating. And we love doing that! We give presentations, classes and just talking to folks who stop by our booth at the Farmer’s Markets.

Here is a pretty good summary definition of herbs:

What the word “herb” really means
A very fitting definition that defines herbs by their usefulness rather than by their appearance or botanical structure was coined by Holly Shimizu, director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. Holly says, ―Herbs are defined as plants (trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, biennials or annuals) valued historically, presently, or potentially for their flavor, fragrance, medicinal qualities, insecticidal qualities, economic or industrial use, or in the case of dyes, for the coloring material they provide.


I am going to be “dabbling” in some different herb uses in this coming year. Most of our business is in the culinary area of herbs. We do offer a fantastic Herbal Salt Scrub but, I have been wanting to experiment in other non-culinary areas. So, I thought 2012 is the perfect time to play with herbs!


Right now, Troy and I are pouring over seed catalogs and online seed sites decided what new herbs we will add to our gardens this year. This is one of our favorite times of the year~~Dreaming and preparing for Spring!

If you are into gardening whether it be flowers, herbs or vegetables, this is the time of the year to start planning out your gardens, beds, pots etc.

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This week, I am giving a presentation along with a demo on Victorian Tussie Mussies. I will be discussing the different usage, meanings and history on herbs and flowers from the Victorian Era. I am excited. It should be a lot of fun. It will also be our first non-culinary herb presentation.

And of course, I hope to do a blog post about it to share here at TTF!

So, have you been dreaming of Spring? Can’t wait to get outside and get your hands into the soil?


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  1. I did not know it was the year of herbs. Of course I do have a "black" thumb so I don't stay on top of gardening. However, this year I had already thought about planting all my patio pots with herbs instead of annuals this year. I will be staying tuned.

  2. I am so happy that I am a follower. I am a herbaholic! I love growing herbs. I have them in my large garden and I also pot rosemary, basil, chives and italian parsley so I can have them handy for cooking. Cannot wait to get all your info and tips this year.

  3. Yes, I am too dreaming and planing on what to grow in my garden this year. I would love to grow more herbs, but I don't always have luck growing them. I am looking forward to your tips and useful info.

  4. We will be doing some container gardening this spring and summer. We have been in such a severe drought that the city is going to ration our water usage. Sooo, I will plant a few tomato plants...a few green onions and a pepper or two and that's it. We just can't afford to water when the whole country side around here is running out. Maybe I can raise a few herbs on my kitchen windowsill. ??

  5. I am the herb queen! I love opening the back door of our home, and walking into the herb garden to pick herbs for every meal. I start the day with herbs for breakfast! I wish you the best with your business.

  6. How much fun to see a demonstration on Tussie Mussies. I can't wait to see the post. Love herbs and use basil, parsley, thyme, and mint a lot in the summer. Do you ever grow summer savory? I want to try that this year.
    Thanks for visiting,

  7. Year Of the Herbs. ENJOY. I hope you'll be quite successful. My rosemary is still going strong. My basil died out, though. Years ago I sold them and spices at local craft shows, along with potpourri. Those were the days. Take care.

  8. I've never heard of the Year of the Herbs, but it sounds great! Hope everything does well for you. I do pretty well with Rosemary! :)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  9. This is a great post! I used to grow herbs when we lived in our first home in Greensboro, NC. The house had a raised garden bed in the back yard when we moved in, so the following spring, I planted herbs and perennials. It was a lovely garden. Unfortunately, I haven't had such good luck in our current home. We have problems with deer and all other manner of wildlife who eat or dig in the grass, flowers, vegetables, etc. I finally gave up (temporarily). I would like to try again this year, as I do love to have flowers and herbs around me.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. Hope you have a great week!


  10. Love to garden in container, they are moveable small gardens to me. Great seed packet mosaic. Take care.

  11. Wonderful Love a nice herb garden. Pat


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