Growing up in the North, I was never much into gardening. Moving into southern BC Creston valley, where everything grows or so I am told, I need to learn a bit more. With all our renovations there was not much left over for plants but I picked up a few things for the kitchen. I have always wanted a herb garden so I planted rosemary; basil; thyme; oregano; sage and parsley. The oregano didn’t make it, not sure why, but everything else is doing fine. I had a chive plant that I brought with me and it is also growing like mad.
It is so much fun to just nip out to pick a few leaves to add to a salad or dinner. The smell is amazing when you pick them, I always crush a tiny bit to release the aroma. I love putting a fresh herb into infused water as well. So refreshing.
With the plants doing so well, there is enough to clip and dry them for winter use. Today’s harvest has a very full tray of parsley, one of sage, and a small amount of thyme and rosemary.
For chives the easiest way to save them for winter is to snip them with scissors into small ziplock bags or containers and pop them in the freezer. They are fine enough that you can take them out frozen and sprinkle them directly on your salad or baked potato for a fresh taste in the winter.