Dill, Lime Basil, Mint, Sage, and no Rosemary

It has been a while since I’ve posted and a really, really long week. My mother in law passed away last Thursday morning. We were very good friends and I miss her already. I wrote about my Gift of Chocolate and the Maine Lobster dinner that mom provided. Mom had the basic arrangements made and paid, thank you mom. The family asked that I arrange the final details; the church, the funeral home, the phone calls, and (of course) the food. I'm in an exhausting, stressful, weird, sad state which I'm sure most anyone who has lost someone close can relate to. So, this morning I decided to get back to my herb garden to try and escape from the sorrow, at least for a while anyway. 

If you read my first herb garden post, you already know that Red and I planted rosemary, dill, lime basil, sage, and mint. I believe either the birds or the tremendous rain got the rosemary seeds. The pot overflowed with water right after we planted and since then the doves are hanging out on the fence close by the pots. At this point nothing but a blade of grass is growing in the rosemary container.

dove

The sage is coming right along. It amazes me how some of the leaves are textured and some smooth. This is something I never would have known had we not started this herb garden. I can't wait for the opportunity to cook with these fresh herbs, if all goes well that is.



The lime basil is doing outstanding. The aroma of basil is wonderful and already noticeable. I transplanted some of the seedlings last week before Mom passed. We now have three basil growing containers. Since the basil is so fragrant, I moved one pot to the front porch. This morning I found that some pest has begun eating the leaves. I’ll be making a trip to the Home Depot to get some pesticide I suppose, unless you all have a better solution?




The mammoth dill and mint really took a long time to sprout. The bottom leaves on the dill look a bit yellow. Since Red is working today and he’s the brains of our herb garden, I’m going to have to do some research on that. Does anyone know if that’s normal?


 The mint container has lots of baby sprouts. I was warned in my first post and also read how mint grows like a weed. I am planning on transplanting some to put on the front porch as well but have to resolve the pest issue first.


Well now I’m off to do some more reading on Florida herb gardening. Hope you enjoy your weekend.

10 comments:

WillOaks Studio said...

Hi! I do have a couple tips for you that might help. Mint can be VERY invasive so consider a barrier or give it a space were it can spread. Yes, dill doesn't often do too well in pots- Chances are in the ground it will do fine. I really don't worry too much about pests on herbs and remember you'll be eating it--sometimes, just a good spray of water, or a squirt of soapy water is enough for many pests.

PJ said...

i am so sorry for your loss...

Melana Plains said...

My heart goes out to you for your loss. Be sure to take special care of yourself during this time of mourning.

Thom said...

Sorry about your loss! I lost one of those mother-in-laws that I absolutely loved, too...so my heart goes out to you!

Thom

Sinclair said...

I am sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law. You are in my prayers.

figtree said...

I am so sorry about your mother in law, I hope with time things will get easier for you. Figtreeapps

Abby said...

So sorry for your loss, but it sound like your family was able to come together to not only mourn but remember the good times. Food has a way of doing that for us. Prayers to you guys!

Bella said...

Hi Kathy, please accept my sympathy on the loss of your mother in law. I hope that both you and your husband get through this sad period with the support of family and friends. Also thank you for your recent recipe posts....I'd like to try your pimento cheese recipe. I do live in the South, but have never made it myself, since I'm a Northern transplant. It has been on my 'to try' list, but I never know which recipe is going to be a good one. I'll try YOURS!!! Love and prayers, Roz (bella)

Bella said...

P.S.....I wish that I had some lime basil since I could have used it in my last posted recipe that includes both lime zest and basil. That is a hard plant for me to find! I'll have to remember that thought that you inspired!

Dr. Lauren said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It's been a while, but I still like to see you chugging away.

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