Get Your Herb On

 

Herbs are just about the greatest things.

 

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It’s true.  Let’s discuss why:

1. They are pretty.  At least when they are alive and thriving and planted in lovely little containers.  I am not referring to that bag of wet, decaying basil in the bottom drawer of your fridge.

2. They are fairly easy to grow.  Ish.  Unless, sadly, like me, the mere mention of gardening makes all the plants in your yard just give up and die.  In that case, #3 comes in handy…

3.  They are pretty inexpensive, thus, if you kill them, you can easily replace them.

4. They are loaded with health benefits – rich in vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants and other agents that can do anything from reducing inflammation to preventing free radical damage, as well as a slew of other diseases.  Many in the medical field believe that adding fresh herbs to your diet can even assist in the prevention of cancerous cells.  So, that’s cool.

5. They are delicious.

 

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5 is the real clincher.  1-4 are nice and all, but it’s magical number 5 that really make these little plants worth having around.

Cilantro brightens every dish, parsley makes meals look pretty, toasted sage elevates most pasta plates, fresh thyme makes sauces special, basil is the be all and end all, and if you are making potatoes without rosemary, you are doing it wrong.

I’ll be adding some herb-heavy recipes to the blog in the near future.  Today, however, I just want to show you some uber-awesome ways to plant your herbs.

Here are a few more cool ideas.  Substitute the succulents in the images below for some hearty herbs and consider yourself the best gardener in town.

 

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Next time you bring home some fresh herbs from the market, take ten minutes to transplant them into cute containers, then make a cup of tea, put on a little Joni Mitchell – as everybody knows herbs love Joni, pull up a rocking chair (if you don’t have a rocking chair, borrow one) and admire your work!  

Also, these make great inexpensive yet attractive gifts.

Any other cool planters I should know about?  Let me know in the comments below.