Monday, June 7, 2010

My Herb Garden

is quite prolific this time of year.
As you can see the garden is
starting to take off with the warm
days we've had. The herbs are
planted in the right quadrant.

I have three types of thyme.

Plenty of sage.

Chives, which I do allow to blossom as it attracts bees to the
garden and we need bees for pollination!

I also plant pineapple sage,

the leaves smell just like pineapple lifesavers...
do they still have that flavor in the standard pack?

Once again, the blossoms serve to attract bees and hummingbirds.

Bee balm is planted to ensure good pollination too.

The old standards of parsley,

and basil are planted to make pesto!

and of course to make homemade pasta sauce when the tomatos are in.

Mint is a must for garnishing and for my favorite mint iced tea!

Lemon balm makes a nice tea too, and is also great in salads or as a garnish.

I even keep a few pots of herbs on my deck in case I'm feeling
too lazy to go out to pick from the garden...pretty sad I know :)

Last but not least I have also planted catnip for my feline friends...

but be careful as you don't want them to overdo it!

My cat Charlie enjoys rolling in it but he is 19 years old after all
so I'm pretty sure he uses it for medicinal purposes only!
What's growing in your garden???


  1. Oh what a wonderful herb garden you have!! Everything looks so healthy and really producing well. The only herbs I grow are dillweed and summer savory, the rest is all veggies. Well of course Charlie only uses the catnip for medicinal purposes!!! hehe xoxo

  2. Holy Cow, Diva! This is so impressive, I actually sent the link to Stu so he could see it!!

    I love the catnip part. We grow a huge amount of it for our cats too.

  3. What a fab herb garden!! I am loving it and Charlie too!! xxoo

  4. Wow, that's an AMAZING herb garden. I always wanted a big one like that. I just have a little here and a little there in my postage stamp sized yard. I have some thyme, sage, chives, parsley and basil. I have TONS of lavender and rosemary, though. They are part of my landscaping, but I use the rosemary for cooking.

  5. Not enough! I have sage, thyme, rosemary, chives, and spearmint. I need more! Actually, I love the idea of having the herbs so close to the kitchen door...perfectly handy!

  6. Hello Diva K, I scrolled down and left a comment on your cabin post. In a minute I am going to listen to Josh sing.

    Your herb garden is wonderful. Do you pick and dry some? I too grow a few herbs. I grow the ones I cook with. It is a pleasure to hand pick them when needed. My garden is on our cabin deck (on our property) because it is not used often. We grow tomatoes, egg plant and peppers too. All on the deck so no critters can get to the garden. We live in the mountains in Western NC.

    Happy herb gardening.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  7. Diva, your herb garden is wonderful. So many diferent herbs and they are all beautiful and so good. I bet it smells wonderful in your garden! We have a veggie garden ~ next year I think I might try growing herbs.
    ♥ audrey

  8. Wow,,your pics are gorgeous!!!! I was thrilled to see your lovely note at my blog and will soooo enjoy getting to know you better. Do stop by my blog anytime and please send me an email too if you can..
    I hope to be posting a new later tonioght...
    Blessings and Hugs Dena in Iowa

  9. What a beautiful herb garden. If I cooked I would probably love to have fresh herbs right outside my back door....but I am allergic to kitchens!

    PS - my cats love catnip!!