I wouldn’t say I have the greenest thumb, but I do enjoy spending a weekend in my garden. It’s not only a great excuse to get into the sunshine, but it’s also a means of inspiration. When I tend to my herbs, my mind reels with possibilities.

Herbs are what make a dish sing. Top an ordinary steak with Basil-Mint Chimichurri and you’ve turned a weekend BBQ into a 5-star experience. Or, blend basil and mint with extra virgin olive oil and cheese to create a fresh pesto for baked fish. You can even make summer teas and cocktails with rosemary and lavender. I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Of course, you can always buy fresh herbs at the grocery store for your weekly meals, but that can get expensive. The main reason I keep my own garden is the savings. Instead of shopping for herbs that come by the bunch, you can simply go to your yard and snip what you need. It’s like getting your ingredients for free! Plus, you minimize waste, because you’re able to control the quantity.

It may seem intimidating if you’ve never tended to garden before, but don’t be afraid to give it a try. Pick up a book or spend some time on Google, and then go for it. If you don’t have a yard or the interest in a full garden, buy a few potted plants (which usually come with instructions) and try your hand at indoor horticulture.

As for me, I look forward to spending more spring/summer days planting, growing and creating new herb-inspired recipes. Keep checking the blog for fresh-food ideas, and share your garden adventures/pics in the comments below or on Facebook.