I wanted to warn you, so that you can make an informed decision before starting your own herb garden. They have many benefits - many herbs are easy to grow; they are usually fairly pest-free; they are generally quite prolific, and you can easily grow a year's worth in a very small plot. But beware! When you go out to weed your herbs, never go out on an empty stomach. You will get very, very hungry!
I made this mistake this morning. I went out early to beat the heat of the day, before I had breakfast. The herbs were looking a little crowded, so I decided to do a little quick weeding. Big mistake! As I weeded the oregano, all I could think was "Mmmmm . . . pizza!" and when I moved on to the sage: "Mmmmm . . . SAUSAGE pizza!" and at the dill, it was: "Pickles!" And don't even get me started on the parsley (I think parsley is my own personal catnip - I sometimes wonder if I could plant a bed big enough to lie down and roll around in, like a cat. Perhaps Heaven will be planted in lawns of parsley instead of grass . . . but I digress . . .)
And, sadly, when I came in, all I had to eat were some shockingly bland buttermilk oatmeal blueberry pancakes with violet jelly. Of course, normally I would consider this a wonderfully tasty breakfast - but there was not an herb in the whole meal, and after the olfactorally overabundance of the herb garden this morning, those usually splendid pancakes just seemed plain old bland.
So, consider yourself warned!
This post is part of the Tuesday Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage.