Herbs on the Patio

Living in a condo, I don’t have much space for gardening.  Last summer I tried growing herbs in a pot for the first time in years, with mixed success.  The cilantro didn’t fare too well, nor the chives, but my three varieties of basil did well –  I was able to make pesto and ice crean (yes, ice cream) from my plants.  I love being able to to go to patio and snip off some fresh herbs when I’m cooking.

So last weekend, I went to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market – held at the Cathedral of St Philip in Buckhead.  What a great collection of organic growers, bakers, cheesemakers and craftsmen(women)!  Local vendors – King of Pops, Souper Jenny and Red Queen Tarts are also there.  It’s great fun to buy a coffee and pastry and stroll through the market. You can buy everything for Saturday dinner in one stop.  And there’s something so satisfying in knowing you’re supporting local businesses. There are quite a few markets around the Atlanta area.  Here’s a list of other markets in Georgia.   But this visit I was on a mission to buy herbs for this year’s herb pot – Italian parsley, thyme, rosemary, lemon basil, lime basil, and a purple basil that tastes like ‘regular’ basil.  I also bought a ‘Purple Jalepeno’ pepper plant  – can’t wait for those!  I’ve got room for one or two more plants.  Any other favorite herbs I should try? Of course I also bought some cut flowers and some chevre.  If I hadn’t had dinner plans I’d have bought much more.  But next Saturday ……..

Here are some pics of the plants.  I’ll be keeping you posted on how I use them.



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