Even I Can Grow Herbs in the Summer (And You Can Too)

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I can kill any plant. Among others, I have destroyed a ficus, several philodendrons and a mint plant (yes, mint). But in the summer time in South Carolina, even I can't kill the herbs.

Years ago, my husband and three sons built and planted a small herb garden for me, visible from our bedroom window and accessible by just a short walk around my house. At times, I am too lazy to walk around the house (which is not that large, but I am really lazy) and I do very little maintenance in the garden. As you can see, the oregano, which began as a three inch plant, grew quickly, with no love from me.

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In this climate, all I have to do is drop an herb plant into a pot or small patch of dirt and watch it go. Lavender, rosemary, thyme and oregano will even survive the winter, with no action on my part. Oregano grows so easily, I'm convinced it shouldn't even cost money.

By the end of the season, my basil plants will be so overgrown (in spite of all we will have picked and used), that I'll have plenty to make an enormous batch of pesto to be frozen in ice cube trays and used in various dishes all winter long.

The herbs are so plentiful, I sometimes have trouble using the whole crop. This post about what to do with large quantities of oregano has already inspired a batch of oregano pesto (Good Questions, indeed!).

What do you do with a superabundance of herbs? And can anyone tell me how to keep that oregano from taking over my tiny garden?

(Images: Anne Postic)

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Anne Postic writes about cooking for her family on The Kitchn. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband and three very handsome sons. She loves talking cooking, travel, parenting and art, though not necessarily in that order.