Do you keep potted herbs on your counter for cooking?

@Willowlady (10666)
United States
January 26, 2007 2:59pm CST
I used to and miss them so much, they add a bit extra to your dish that you prepare. A great treat if you are dieting and adds something to the food to aid you in your health sometimes. Just wondering!!
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@brokentia (10395)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I have tried to grow herbs on my my counter but I have run into a few problems. My kids seem to over water them and they end up drowning. My partner does not like them on the counter. And I am tired of arguing with him to convince him. *sigh* I figure, one of these days, I will be able to do it and he will not have any choice in the matter. ha ha
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Thought that the kitchen was the woman's domain! lol. The herbs need one person to take care of them while they inhabit the environment of the kitchen. Hope that you eventually are able to have them and to use them while cooking! Thanks much for responding.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
2 Feb 07
you can install a garden window in the kitchen that takes care of the problem of counterspace and allows them to be at hand and out of the way It also allows more light and breadth to the kitchen space
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• United States
4 Feb 07
I too have trouble growing herbs indoors. My problem is that I have huge, shady maple trees around my house. So even if I had a garden window, I don't think there would be enough light for herbs. I have a few spots out in the yard that get sun, where I grow some vegetables, roses and other flowers. But don't get me wrong, I love those trees when the summer temperature gets to the 100's!
@rainbow (6763)
26 Jan 07
My herbs live in the garden and I have to go fetch them, if my kitchen were bsgger I would have them potted indoors. I have some in hanging baskets between the floers to give extra cover, that way when it's muddy I can move them over the path.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
27 Jan 07
So glad that you have this access to fresh herbs. Your climate must allow for year round access!! Thanks for responding.
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@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I grew some basil last year and was absolutely amazed at the flavor in the recipe I made vs. the "dry stuff" you buy at the store. Wow!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Now that you know, how can you ever go back? Thanks for responding to this discussion.
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@dhouston (417)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Only on the wondowsill, where they can get enough light to flourish. I have flat-leaf parsley, chives and garlic chives. I put basil there from the balcony when the eather chills, but it really prefers to be outdoors--in summer. In summer, I keep a good variety on the balcony. So why don't you go back to having them at hand instead of missing them? :-) They make such a difference in cooking!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
27 Jan 07
Glad you have these herbs at your disposal, not surprised with all your excellent recipes and stories you attach!! In a leaky, cramped trailer and have to wait for summer when I plant up a large pot of edibles for just outside the door! They indeed do make a difference in cooking! Thanks for responding my friend!!
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
I do and I love it. My house is old and has deep ledges. I got my husband to put up more shelves for my herbs. It's not only tastey, but looks decorative as well.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
27 Jan 07
The deep windowsills of the older houses are excellent for herbs and plants. Some new houses are being made with that same feature! More shelves means you are quite accomplished! Thanks for responding!
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@rhinoboy (2129)
2 Feb 07
Being a young couple in our twenties, we never really cooked much, so had no interest in such things. Since we moved, married, and mated, we cook much more. We also have a small south facing slope for a garden. My plan is to transform out patch of divoted grass and weeds into a garden devoted to organic produce for the kitchen. Of course this will include a herb garden, as we have no room to grow indoors. Time is the great inhibitor of all my plans, so the timescale of the project is sliding!!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
2 Feb 07
It is so doable. Just take it in steps. Whatever you have the time for and then over a couple of summers it will take shape and you will be encouraged. Raised beds is my suggestion. Thanks much for responding.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
5 Feb 07
If only things were that simple. The garden has a general gradient of around 50% (guessed: rises about 7 or 8 feet over about 15 feet in length) It's currently a flat area at the bottom (near North wall of house) with a stone wall rising about 2-3 feet then a steep slope to another flat 'strip' across the top. I plan to replace the stone wall with a retaining brick one, then dig out the slope and put in another retaining wall to create a 3-tier terrace. The problems come with accessability, meaning that everything must be done by hand (moving about 750 cubic feet of soil, then building materials). Perhaps I should take note and find a place to put some potted herbs!!!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
5 Feb 07
We will be right over to help this summer! lol it is still a project and one that could be done by the boyscouts with you providing the pizza! Anyway, yes the herbs could indeed be potted and that could tide you over and perhaps improve your body for all that heavy lifting! :) Thanks for responding again!
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I would love to have fresh herbs growing inside. My daughter has done it a lot, and she always makes everything I eat taste so GOOD up at her house! Since I'm not going to have an outside vegetable garden this year, I may start one inside!
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Glad your daughter is a good cook for your. Am glad you are good and motivated to bring your gardening indoors. That should work famously. Thanks so much for responding.
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I would love to have herbs growing in my kitchen or in the bay window of my den. However, the kitchen does not get enough light and if I try the bay window in my den, the cat eats the herbs! I love cooking w/ fresh herbs or adding them to salads. Oh well, I guess I'll have to be content with the herbs in the jars!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Our feline friends can make our lives interesting and challenging. If we lived close I could deliver herbs to your door on a regular basis in the summer and help you have an enclosure type mini house for our fresh one to winter over til out next season. Jarred herbs can be disappointing! Thanks for responding.
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• United States
5 Feb 07
I have thought about doing this for serveral years. I think it would be neat to grow my own herbs. But as I have two cats it's hard to keep any potted plant and one that was so tasty - they wouldn't be able to resist. They'd end up eating it all. You should see the little boogers when I get fresh cut roses! They usually end up being knocked over at least once cause they're trying to eat them! My oldest of the two is worst for it.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Our furry friends sure make our live interesting. There could be a way to brace them in a type of plant holder so they would be less likely to be tipped over. Roses are wonderful too. If you had the way to do it, a garden window would be a possible solution! Thanks for responding!!
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@ukchriss (2103)
3 Feb 07
I grow sage, mint, chives, parsley and rosemary just outside my back door. I am going to have a go at garlic this year. I also grow red and green peppers they were lovely last year.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Normally you plant the garlic the fall before the year you want it. Not sure where you are so that may be important for you to know. You are getting a good start at fresh food and I hope it keeps you happy and healthy. Thanks for responding!
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@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I can't wait to start. We don't have enough counter space NOR ANY window sills near the kitchen. Heck, we have no windows in our current kitchen... in the next house we will have an indoor herb garden, as well as an outdoor vegetable garden! i can't wait~
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Grand thing for you. Hope that you have an abundance of goodies so that you can put some away and share the bounty with friends, family etc. I too look forward to getting outdoors in the sunshine. Now where are those catalogs!? Thanks much for responding.
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@design (848)
• Ireland
6 Feb 07
I love fresh herbs, Can't keep basil as every time I pass it I eat a leaf. and thyme just disappears.
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@indywahm (808)
• United States
5 Feb 07
i keep basil in a small pot in the kitchen and in the summer out in my garden i have every type i herb you can imagine. i love herbs. my faves are lavendar and mints.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I think that is a wonderful idea perhaps a garden window in your kitchen would allow you to grow the herbs and keep your counter clear
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I would love to be able to keep potte herbs in my kitchen, or anywhere else in my home for that matter. I have no ledges on any of my windows, and barely any counter space either. I planted a few along the edge of my flower garden, and would like to add a larger variety and maybe a bigger area for them too.