Parsley, sage, rosemary, insideFebruary 15, 2014 by Darcie
Today seemed to be dreary the world over; raining in Sydney, cloudy in London, and snowing in a large part of the United States. When it’s cold, raining or dreary outside, I comfort myself with visions of green gardens. Since it will be sometime before I can get back outside in my garden, my Pinterest search today focused on indoor herb gardens. There were plenty of great ideas, such as the canning jar garden pictured above. I’ve often heard that you shouldn’t grow plants in glass jars because the sunlight can damage the roots, so I might line the jars with plastic or heavy paper. If you like the above idea, check out the whimsical example below, featuring jars tilted at jaunty angles.
I also saw a similar design cleverly using coat racks to hang jars in front of a window, and cork plant markers that look like something I could actually do with all the corks I’ve been saving for a craft project. Another indoor herb garden I found intriguing utilized upside-down planters (below, right). Even though I find the concept of upside-down planters fascinating, I just can’t help but think that I’m going to come into the kitchen one morning to find dirt and mangled plants littering the floor.
Every summer I grow several herbs in pots outdoors, but they never seem to last when I bring them into the kitchen. Right now I’ve got a large rosemary plant that is still growing, but it’s assumed a jaunty angle like the photo above, even though I have it planted in a perfectly upright planter. My lemon thyme is getting leggy, and the English thyme gave up a month ago. But I will still dream of having a wall of herbs like this one:
In the meantime, I’ll use my crooked rosemary, perhaps in one of these tasty recipes from the Eat Your Books library (all available online):
Sunlight on snow (a gin cocktail that seems
especially appropriate today)
Sautéed chicken with Meyer lemon and rosemary
Olive and rosemary focaccia
Do you have an indoor (or outdoor) herb garden? What herbs do you grow?
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