• A culinary herb basket

    by  • March 10, 2012 • Edibles and Recipes, Gardening tips •  Comments

    Kitchen Garden in a Junk Basket

    Chives, Italian parsley, purple sage, dill and thyme fit in the basket

    Chives, Italian parsley, purple sage, dill and thyme fit in the basket

    For a Flea Market gardener, finding a large-weave rattan basket can be useful as a kitchen garden in a small garden or where deer abound. Having a basket of herbs close by the kitchen door, will remind you to use fresh herbs in your recipes.

    Search for the large twig baskets popular in the 80s. To make the basket last as long as possible fit a piece of heavy black plastic, with some drainage holes cut, inside before adding soil.

     

    Chives, Italian parsley, purple sage, dill and thyme fit in the basket

    Chives, Italian parsley, purple sage, dill and thyme fit in the basket

    Thyme, chives, parsley and sage are the most used herbs in my cooking,  just the right amount for this 20 inch wide basket. These colorful and pungent chive flowers found themselves in a salad, surprising Tractor Man a bit.  I particularly like to grow chives and Italian parsley because they come back each year in my Zone 7 garden.

    Since this basket has been sturdy enough to leave outside for several years, when I move it, I’m careful to hold it from the bottom. I know it will eventually wear out, so I’m always looking for replacements and keep these sturdy baskets on my mental list when going to thrift shops and Flea Markets.

    A favorite recipe: Roasted Herb Potatoes

    Roasted Herb Potatoes

    Roasted Herb Potatoes

    Cut red or white potatoes in 6-8 wedges each. Mix 1 T olive oil for every three potatoes with a mixture of chopped rosemary, chives, thyme, parsley and sage. Add potatoes and toss. Spread on a baking sheet and roast at 425 for 30-40 minutes. I stand the potatoes on their skins, or mix them halfway through.

     

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    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    Comments

    1. Jimmye Porter says:

      Looks as this would be just the right amount of herbs for me… tfs.. :) )

    2. Jeanne Sammmons says:

      I grow herbs by my patio doors, Sue…This basket is a cute idea & Chives spread all over for me…so this would be a very eas fix…love it! TFS!

    3. MMMMM. Super idea. I also like old buckets and such for small plantings.