The Hyacinths are Here, the Hyacinths are Here!

Steve Martin (just guessing) and I are very happy that the hyacinths are here.  Spring is coming to northern Virginia.  The daffodils are making their way out too.  Now I don’t know what happened to the crocuses.  I think they looked too much like weeds to my guys and they pulled them out.  Oh well, just happy to have help.

©Diane Eblin

©Diane Eblin

Now that we have a nice day it was time to clean out the herb garden and see if anything made it through the winter.  Of course more might have if I’d actually done anything to help them along.  But I go by the survival of the fittest rule.  You have to be a strong herb to survive my garden.  I once read that herbs don’t like any special treatment and the less you do to the soil the better.  Well I took that to heart and I really just plant and harvest.

Winter Garden Mess  ©Diane Eblin

Winter Garden Mess ©Diane Eblin

This winter the thyme, sage, rosemary, and arugula survived.  I’ll need to keep an eye on that arugula.  Last year it was like Godzilla and stomped all over the rest of the plants.

This year however, I am going to give more thought into what I want to plant, harvest to eat, and harvest to dry for the winter.  I also want to play with tomatillos.  I don’t need to plant other vegetables since I bought into a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm.  I’m thinking parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.  Of course basil is a must, oregano, chives and cilantro.  I could have a whole garden of cilantro.

So how much money do you think you can save by growing your own herbs instead of buying those little bunches

Garden Ready!      ©Diane Eblin

Garden Ready! ©Diane Eblin

at the grocery store?  Uh, tons.  I’m saving for the beach house I want some day.  How about you?  Please do not whine, “I don’t have room to grow herbs.”  Unless you have no windows, you can grow herbs.  They do great in pots in windows, on a patio or deck too.  Also, the more you snip and use, the more they grow.  It’s a beautiful relationship.

So, what herbs do you cook with most often?  How about starting with those plants, and go from there.  Let me know how your garden grows!

2 Responses to The Hyacinths are Here, the Hyacinths are Here!

  1. Marlow March 24, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    I love hyacinth!!!

  2. Marlow March 24, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    I love hyacinth!!!