Now that we’ve been in our house for almost a year, we have most of the major landscaping done…so this spring, it’s been fun to turn our attention to filling in empty beds around the back patio with the herbs and edibles that I’ve always dreamed of having in my own kitchen garden. Thought I’d share a peek at some of the newest plants that have made their way into our beds. Since I use so many herbs in my cooking, the first items to go in were basil, spearmint, flat-leaf parsley, thyme and lavender. I’ve been cooking up a storm, making recipes like this that are chock-full of fresh herbs straight from the garden. And guess what? The more you use them, the faster they grow! I started out with cilantro, but it went to seed and got bitter so fast that it had to go. Next we filled in with a few more veggies, like kale and swiss chard. Yum. But most exciting of all is the fact that I finally realized my dream of having olive and meyer lemon trees in my backyard! The olives are already thriving and added so much lushness around the grill area; the lemon just went in, and is already starting to fill out with a few baby lemons starting to sprout. Can’t wait until it’s dripping with sweet meyers for the best batch of homemade lemonade this summer!
What are all of you guys planting in your gardens this spring? Any fab gardening tips you’d like to share with a newbie like me?