Now that it's August, the herb garden is finally looking established, full and green. I enjoy going out there each day to water each individual plant and see how they're doing. It's almost like visiting friends. I brush my fingers against the rosemary, the different basils, the catnip and mint; they smell so good.
The grasshopper population has declined. I'm sure they've laid their eggs in the ground for next year's invasion, but at least for now, there aren't as many of them and my plants are finally able to grow and thrive.
I have four kinds of basil this year: sweet basil (genovese), dark opal basil, cinnamon basil and purple basil.
The cinnamon basil has gone to seed. I've been pinching off the sweet basil flowers so it will continue growing leaves that I can harvest, but I let the others "do their thing".
Do you remember when I confessed that I've never been able to keep rosemary alive? This plant has outlived my expectations and still looks great.
I was a little worried about planting catnip, but the outdoor cats have ignored it. Whether or not a cat likes catnip is a genetic thing.
I finally spotted a dozen little paprika peppers on this plant.
The lavender plant is just beginning to bloom again.
I planted oregano seeds; they sprouted and grew to a grand height of about a quarter inch, where they remained for two months and then died. I've replanted the pot and hope for better success.
A dear friend sent me a birthday card made of handmade paper with flower seeds embedded in it. I kept the inner card but "planted" the handmade paper in a pot in the herb garden.
Soon there were little seedlings, and now they've grown tall and the zinnias are blooming. There are small purple flowers as well but I'm not sure what they are. Verbena maybe?
Not all the flowers in the herb garden are herbs, but they are all delightful, lending cheerful color to the variety of green leaves and the sweet and spicy scents. I'm enjoying the addition of the container garden. I hope I can overwinter the perennials in the house so that I can enjoy them again next spring.
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The New Herb Garden
The Herb Garden in June
The Herb Garden in July
The Herb Garden in August
The Herb Garden in Late September
Ten Ways to Use Basil
How to Dry Homegrown Herbs
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