This past weekend, the Weinert Fam began our spring/summer planting. We pulled all the weeds, filled the flower beds with snap dragons, set up our summer herb garden, and put the zucchini, spaghetti squash, melon, and cucumber plants in the soil. It was a gorgeous day, and we had so much fun working and playing in the backyard together.
This year I was able to buy a Groupon for 50% off at our local gardening store, so that made this year’s little garden even more economical than usual. Here’s a pick of my littlest buddy and me about to go into the greenhouse to pick out plants:
I’m a huge fan of planting a summer herb garden. It makes a huge difference in the taste and smell of foods and beverages in the warm seasons, and it’s a very economical way to make a big “splash” with pampering your family and entertaining guests.
Fresh herbs make even the simplest dinners taste extravagant. Last night we had “real spaghetti” for dinner (I know it sounds quite ordinary, but pasta for dinner is a huge treat in our house since we usually cook low-carb). I added fresh basil from our new garden into the sauce, and sprinkled more on top of the pasta and threw some in our salad as well. It brightened our entire menu. The same can be said for adding herbs to meats and fish on the grill. Fresh rosemary or oregano on grilled chicken; fresh thyme and lemon slices with your grilled fish…you can’t beat it.
Fresh herbs also brighten summer beverages: a few sprigs of mint in a glass of iced tea or ice water is a very southern way of making a super-ordinary drink look and taste dressed-up. (And who am I kidding – mint juleps and fresh mojitos…gotta have mint in the garden folks!) 😉
A few sprigs of fresh herbs to garnish a dinner plate is also a fun way to make your family feel special. Serve a sprig of flat-leaf Italian parsley with your Tuesday night Italian dinner and your family will feel just a little extra love from your kitchen efforts.
Planting a small garden, especially an herb garden, is super easy. Yes I am married to MacGyver, but even so, if I can keep herbs alive, anyone can keep herbs alive. Even if you don’t have a single square foot of soil outside for planting, you can still have herbs. One of the gardeners at our local gardening store was telling folks that several herbs grow perfectly in an indoor kitchen herb garden. Just ask the staff gardener when you go to buy herbs which ones will work best for indoors.
Here are a few pics from our weekend fun. Mark absolutely adored “gardening” (1-year-old definition: playing in the soul and stacking the empty pots up as tall as possible):
And, don’t think for a second that Mr. Baby was left out of the fun. Check out this happy little man:
He got a kick out of watching Daddy prep the soil in the backyard:
If you live in a mild climate, April is a great month to put in your garden. You’ve got two weekends left this month, so happy gardening!
Websites for getting started with herb gardens:
“For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11