The one thing I can’t live without? Herbs! MUST-HAVE-HERBS…EVERYDAY!!! I remember when my awesome hubby built us these beds under the grapevines last year, neither of us had a clue what the heck we were doing all we knew was that we needed herbs for cooking at our fingertips, our Caribbean palates demanded it! Those days we started with the bare essentials, a little mint, some oregano, some thyme, basil and chives. Our selections have more doubled this year and we now grow both garlic and onion chives, several varieties of oregano and mint, lemongrass, lemon balm, tarragon, sage, bay laurel aka bay leaf, thyme, parsley, cilantro, Mexican coriander aka bandaña, lavender, anise hyssop, sorrel, bloody dock, yarrow, fennel, celery, basil, ginger, turmeric, rosemary, lovage and pink clove. That’s over 20 herbs and we’re hoping to add even more next year!
Back row: Sorrel; Front row: Bloody dock
Typically we put them in the ground anytime after Morher’s Day but before the first of June however if you live in a warmer climate it will most likely be safe for you to get yours started as soon as the ground is workable and the chance of having a late season frost has passed. After that they’re mostly essentially worry free as they require no more yearly maintenance other than pruning. All except the parsley and cilantro grow perennially here but we let them run to seed in Summer and always have us some ever present volunteers come Spring the following year.
Purple and Tri-color sage
Our goal was and always is to try and recreate the simple yet wealth of nutrition and edible conveniences we left in our respective home islands when we took that life defining flight to New York City, and so far so good. ?
The awesome thing is that not only are they useful on the culinary level but they also add such stunning aesthetics to our landscape and beckon the pollinators to come hither and spread the wealth of their pollen! ? ? ?
Do you use herbs on a daily basis? Are you growing any? Which are your faves and why?