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Our Little Herb Garden

By ccampion |

This is our first spring in our very first home and I can’t tell you excited I’ve been to see our new surroundings in full bloom —we’ve actually been experiencing a lot of “firsts” since we moved from the city to the country last September, including snakes in the bushes, wasps in the eaves, and a small scale earthquake that shook the house early one morning: welcome to New Jersey, and oh yeah, your house is on a fault line!
But so far one of my favorite firsts has been getting our hands dirty in the garden. I don’t know about you but I definitely don’t have a green thumb, I don’t think I even have a green pinkie, but I do aspire to one day be the proud tender of a lush vegetable garden. But before that happens I’ve decided to start small, start simple. And to have the kids get involved because a) they love to get dirty and b) is there a better way to have them learn about where food actually comes from then growing it themselves?

If you haven’t taken your kids to a local nursery let me just say I highly recommend the experience. Yes, they will run around like lunatics and you’ll have to make sure they don’t fall in the koi pond or knock over that expensive terracotta planter, but letting them pick out their very own tomato plant is, in my book, good times.

For our first herb garden I selected plants that I actually use often when I cook: thyme, rosemary, parsley, basil, and oregano. I also went with herbs because they can be placed in planters (meaning I don’t have to till any soil for the moment) and because we are firmly outnumbered by hungry deer in this area of the country and herbs are not favored by deer.

I will let you know how they grow and when I get to use them in some tasty dishes. We also got a cherry tomato plant, which I’m hoping might actually entice the kids to eat their first tomatoes…I just have to keep it from becoming the deer’s first picnic.

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Caroline Campion is a contributing editor at Glamour Magazine, and has also been a senior editor at GQ along with the food magazine Saveur. She has contributed savory recipes to the Babble Food channel in the past, and currently writes on her blog Devil and Egg.

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0 thoughts on “Our Little Herb Garden

  1. colleen @ foodietots says:

    We also just planted our first garden — and I bought a cherry tomato plant for that exact same reason. My 3.5-year-old has yet to take a bite of a tomato without spitting it out. I did let him pick his own plants for a row of the garden, which was fun. Other than the “cheeseburger plant,” I was able to accommodate all his requests.

  2. ccampion says:

    I wish they made a cheeseburger plant…and a taco bush.

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