When we moved into this house over 10 years ago, there was a big bunch of chives growing in the backyard already. Since then I’ve added oregano, savory, sage, lavender, thyme, peppermint, yarrow and lemon balm. Every year I plant parsley, and basil. Sometimes I plant chamomile and rosemary. Every year I have cilantro all over the garden that reseeds itself…it’s been several years since I planted it.
While most everything has done well, I have had my failures. My first year I successfully wiped out the oregano. Yeah, it is supposed to be hardy. Others that didn’t make it in past years are lavender, thyme, rosemary. I also learned that mint is horrible in a garden. It is terribly invasive. I moved it a while ago and I’m still pulling mint out of the herb garden. I also learned that you need to be careful when you let plants go to seed. Yep. While I don’t mind letting the cilantro reseed itself, mustard is taking over. I’ve decided that we don’t like it well enough to let it all go to seed.
Last week I harvested a big basket of oregano. I’m down to my last bit of dried oregano from last years garden. I bundled it and it is hanging to dry in my dining room. I also have some mint leaves drying on an old window screen. I personally like letting herbs dry this way as opposed to drying them in a dehydrator. It’s very frugal. As much as I like the dehydrator, it uses a lot of electricity. That I don’t like. Not very frugal. Not everything does well air drying, but most herbs do. Maybe at some point I’ll put together a make-shift solar dehydrator.
So, other than a bit of chives now and again, that is the first harvest of this season. Whee!
Luke 10:2 – And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”