2021: Expect the Unexpected – Herb Gardens

I don’t know if I’m the only one noticing, but it is hot!  Oklahoma has had lower temperatures this summer and more rain than normal, but that is beginning to change.  I know west of here in Arizona and other places, it has been a hotter than normal summer, so I guess it is our turn.  But it is awful outside.

My herb garden is thriving in the heat and humidity and things are blooming.  I don’t know if oregano is supposed to bloom, but it is and there are little bees and butterflies on the lavender blossoms.  The dill and parsley have “bolted” (a strange term that gardeners use) into blossoms too and last month so did the chives.  The garlic died down and I need to dig it, I guess.  I don’t know what to do with garlic other than dig some up and use it now and then.

And then there is the basil.  If you love pesto, have I got basil for you!  My garden is small on the north side of the house and every year most of these herbs come back.  There is limited space, and the basil takes up more than its share.  I keep digging out the irises that originally inhabited that area and moving them to make more room for the herbs, but irises multiply with abandon too.  

It seems the biggest reason I have an herb garden is to water it.  I don’t use a lot of it, and it takes over spreading like wildfires. But it does smell nice.

If you need some fresh herbs, come on over.  I’ve got them for some reason.  My sister-in-law took some dill to make pickles and she may take more.  I can make and freeze pesto, but I only use so much of it. 

Help, I’m being overrun with basil and oregano!  Did someone say spaghetti sauce?

About peggylchambers

Peggy Chambers calls Enid, Oklahoma home. She has been writing for several years and is an award winning, published author, always working on another. She spends her days, nights, and weekends making up stories. She attended Phillips University, the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. There is always another story weaving itself around in her brain trying to come out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!
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1 Response to 2021: Expect the Unexpected – Herb Gardens

  1. slmcpartland says:

    Peggy, I smiled when reading about your oregano as I had just been out in the yard pulling it out of my herb area. And you could not even tell I’d done anything… garlic chives are never allowed to bloom here anymore either…they appeared everywhere. So I snip any potential blooms. Use your oregano and its blooms in salads, a vinaigrette or as topping for steak or chicken.

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