“Trash” Gardening

“Trash” Gardening

Finally January is over!! Have I told you how much I truly despise that first month of the year? Well let’s just say the only thing that’s good about it is I have a dear friend who has a January birthday…and that’s about all.

Now that it’s February I can feel some happiness is just right around the corner.

Cilantro and Basil

I was in Trader Joes about 2 weeks ago and stumbled on these herbs, $1.99 a piece! Can you say bargain! Cheaper than the hanging boxed variety you get in the fresh produce section… by a lot! I love that store!! Ha I should probably just live at TJ all January!

Herbs are Easy!

These cuties have lived on my window sill for the past few weeks bringing a little sweetness to some diners every now and then. Knowing they won’t live much longer (the cilantro is already looking puny) on my sill or in the small containers they came in I decided to plant them. Hopefully they will make it to the big garden in a couple of months.

“trash” gardening

Pictured above is 3 out of 4 garden ingredients I used to plant these babies. I know, it looks like a bunch of trash. Coffee grounds, worm compost, and old coffee filters; please don’t get all judgy until you hear me out.

Used Coffee grounds are really beneficial to plants, garden compost, and even as worm food. The grounds, if already wet and used, don’t really add much acidity to the soil. Most herbs don’t like acidity soil, but it does add structure for drainage.

The used coffee filters also add structure to the soil. You can never have enough of this kind of materials. It helps keep plant roots aerated and the soil around the roots loose. Hey and the filters don’t end up in the landfill being helpful to nothing but real trash!

The worm compost or vermicompost is the ultimate in food for plants. It’s 100% organic, contains nutrients that are water soluble (the organic and natural way plants feed), and enhances the microbiology of the soil. Vermicompost also aids in moisture retention making it a perfect addition for drought prone areas. I could go on and on about the benefits! Let’s just say I’m a true believer?‍♀️.

Homemade Worm Bin with approximately 1000 worms!

I’m embarrassed to say this but not to long ago these two herbs would have ended up in the trash by now. Being ignorant I would have never thought to plant these living organism.

Give Back to Mother Nature

If you don’t want to go to the effort of planting and keeping them alive before it truly is gardening season; throw them under a bush or a pile of leaves. Put them in a corner of your veggie or flower beds to decompose on site. Or better yet…start a compost pile or create a worm bin and feed them to the worms. (highlighted is an example of another type of worm bin)

“Trash” gardening is really just organic gardening. It’s using your household carbon and green waste to enhance the outdoor space your enjoy so much. Even if you don’t garden, organic trash doesn’t belong in the landfills! It belongs right where it started…in the ground adding beneficial nutrients back to Mother Nature!

As always, Enjoy!

Elise

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Rosemary and Thyme – Grow Cooking Staples

Rosemary and Thyme – Grow Cooking Staples

Hey Y’all! Growing Rosemary and Thyme is an absolute must if you cook, barbecue, garden, breath…just saying. You just don’t realize the upgrade your cooking takes when these herbs are growing out your back door.

It’s gardening season and I couldn’t be more excited! In the mid southern region where we live herbs can grow and thrive all year round. This past winter in Tulsa we’ve been under drought conditions and it’s really taken a toll on my Rosemary and Thyme.

Herbs and Winter

I seriously don’t know of any herb grower that has surviving Rosemary this year. Have you ever tried watering thirsty, parched plants in a 20 mile an hour wind and its 40 degrees? Talk about fun…I’m telling ya, it’s not! The only benefits are your daily steps are met by going inside every 5 mins heading to the bathroom; running water, not to mention cold, is not fun when you’re over 50 and you’ve born kids! Ok, TMI:)

Getting on with it, I think I lost all of my herbs this winter! The drought and the few days it got down to 0o at night really did a number on the garden. We mulched the “you know what” out of them with cedar chips and hay but it still didn’t do the trick. They turned out brown and brittle and just dead looking. Basically we’re starting over with a new plan and a backup to my new plan.

Starting Over With New Rosemary and Thyme Plants

The two main anchor herbs in any herb garden are usually Thyme and Rosemary. The woody, evergreen type that in the south can be massive bushes. I’d love to have Rosemary bushes instead of the boring old boxwoods like they do in …Rosemary Beach, FL but I don’t think it’s possible in Oklahoma; Oh well, maybe one day when our climate changes from zone 7B to 9 (that’s a whole n’other topic!). My plan entails planting 2 plants of each; one in a container on my patio and the others in my herb garden. They both thrive in full sun and I suggest choosing a location closest to the kitchen for easy snipping.

Why would I do this?

1) With the Oklahoma winters you never know when a killing freeze is going to happen. I would like to be able to move the containers into our shed at a moment’s notice.

2) Sometimes we can have scorching summers; if they’re in pots I can move them in the shade.

3) And because these two herbs are my favorites and I’d like to use them ALL the thyme and year round:)

Uses and Benefits for Rosemary and Thyme:

Rosemary

Rosemary is absolutely wonderful used on grilled meats. I usually rub poultry or meat with the leaves before I salt and pepper. You can also use it for smoking as well. Rub the meat with the leaves and then lay them on top of your charcoal or hardwood while it smokes. Also throwing it in the cavity of a turkey or chicken is Yummeee! Hey and it’s also really good in marinate…but don’t use too much ’cause it can become bitter.

Fresh cut rosemary and thyme

Miss Rosemary makes a great addition to a bouquet of flowers or if you have a bunch they can be a standalone centerpiece. Your house will smell divine.

Medicinally it has been known to help in headache relief. Also, some research has linked it to help with brain circulation and preventing Alzheimer’s.

Thyme

Thyme is one of my best friends in the kitchen. It’s not as potent as rosemary and it reminds me of Thanksgiving. Who wouldn’t want to have Thanksgiving all year round? You can use it in the same way as Rosemary or in conjunction with.

Besides grilling, fresh Thyme really adds a lot of flavor to soups, stews, and sauces.  But if burned it can also be bitter.

Health wise it aids in heart health, improves circulation, and is an immune booster. It’s rich in anti-oxidants and Vit. C.

It’s not as widely used in decorating as Rosemary but its aroma alone makes up for any kind of aesthetics it lacks!

Remember when planting or transplanting any herb it’s always a good idea to use good quality organic potting soil and fertilizer. A medium to large container instead of a smallish size is a must if your intention is to keep these evergreen herbs year round.

A lot depends on the quality of plants your buy. I either buy mine local from a plant nursery that grows their own starts or at a local farmers market or spring herb fest.

back porch rosemary and thyme with text describing there age

Herbs are among the easiest plants to grow, especially the woody evergreen type. They don’t require a lot of water and really can live in most any soil type.

Bugs and fungi really don’t bother them much either. All they’re really looking for is a home that will occasionally water them and keep them protected from the bitter cold. So what are you waiting for? Start growing Yumminess!

Delicious Recipes Using Rosemary and Thyme From TCC👇

Dijon Italian Herb Salad Dressing … This salad/marinade is soooooo good on anything veggie or chicken:)

This Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup will quickly become a family favorite!

Mexican Chicken Soup will be a low carb staple and making this with fresh herbs is extra special.

This Drip Beef is so delicious and savory when fresh Rosemary and Thyme are used in the Au Jus!