Planting an herb garden is a wonderful addition to your garden, as well as to your lifestyle, especially if you enjoy cooking with fresh ingredients. I love heading outdoors to clip whatever I may need to prepare dinner. Our herb garden is in a raised bed, which receives sun most of the day. However, on a rainy or overcast day, like today, the garden is most beautiful. It's then that you can see all of the lovely different shades of green. In our area, the oregano, thyme, chives, tarragon, mint and sage are perennial and return each year.
In the spring, I plant at least four sweet basil plants. By the end of summer, this little plant will be a couple feet tall. We all love bruschetta and on many warm summer evenings, we will make an entire meal out of just that....so delicious! Parsley, cilantro, rosemary and lemon verbena are also planted each spring.
Our raised bed is made from cedar, so it will last us many years. All I do in the spring is work in some compost and lay down a fresh layer of mulch which keeps any weeds from sprouting. The best part is, the more you clip, the faster they grow! This results in an abundance to use in recipes and for decorating platters as well.