Updated: Jul 24
Have you ever pondered the thought of adventuring into growing your own herbs?
Well if you have, DO IT!
This year my husband built me a vertical herb garden. It has been a life changer.
Amazingly, herbs are easy to grow.
They require little attention. But provide great value to your recipes.
You may not realize this, but watering, pruning, caring for your herbs/vegetable's/plants in general. Is a mindful practice and can be very therapeutic.
I spend about 15 minutes, twice a day with my herbs.
Not only am I providing myself, and family with fresh grown herbs. But while tending to them, I am taking that time to appreciate the acts of gardening.
15 minutes. Doesn’t sound like much, does it?
In that short time, I place myself in that moment. I remove every thought, sound, task I have to complete on hold.
I am now pruning my herbs, observing how each one provides me a different value. How each one smells significantly different. The way they look, some dark green, textured leaves, some smooth, each one different.
How wonderful is it, that we can grow a simple herb so easily? CHEAP!! Herbs are bountiful, they don’t give you grief, they are gorgeous, yet hardy!!
An herb has strength. It can flourish with minimal attention. It doesn’t require you to give it constant awareness, or hold you to any standard.
It’s an herb. The fragrant alone can captivate you at any moment.
How amazing is this? Take on one little one at first and see how it feels.
Take the time to ground yourself. Valuing the texture, smells, action of trimming the herbs. Listen to your surroundings.
I prefer to do it first thing in the morning. It’s quite, the birds are off in the distance. Chirping. The air is cool, often a light breeze. At times, there’s a light rain. In which, I love. The rain is feeding my lovely herbs. Oh how wonderful this earth is.
On rainy days I value the feeling of the light drizzle landing on me. I love the sounds of the rain. Each drop is different. Each wave of rain is never the same.
I feel at peace. I feel I blessed to have the ability to water them, and appreciate the texture, taste, and smell of each one. The idea of having that 15 minutes to be here.
Lucky enough to have these incredible products/herbs that are at arms length. They are here for you, me, all of us.
It’s 15 minutes. Allow yourself to truly emerge into that moment. I am in my own world during this task.
Plants are known to be a product of peace.
Enhancing a calm environment.
Once you have grown your herbs, you will notice they grow fast!! You never want to waste what we are given. You now have a blessing in your hand. Yours to share, save, and value.
I have done several different tasks to preserve my herbs.
Yes, I’ve used some in my soaps, and oil’s.
I use them in my recipes. And still have some to spare.
Here’s a wonderful option for saving, preserving your herbs.
Not only does this preserve FRESH herbs, but it also gives you a fast option on a busy day.
Take your herbs, wash and dry them. Chop the herbs up. Place your favorite combo of herbs ( I do- parsley, basil, and thyme) in an ice cube tray.
Once chopped, mixed, and placed in ice cub try, add melted butter, or EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). Fill each cube all the way up. I place fresh crushed garlic in mine as well.
Put the ice cube tray in the freezer. Allow the cubes to freeze.
Once frozen, pop the cubes out and vacuum seal them. Or place in a zip lock back. Be sure to remove air.
And there you have it. Already prepped herbs for your lovely meal.