Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening

Fresh Herbs

June 21st, 2012

As soon as I saw that Bruce had designed the garden with the front bed turned on the diagonal, I knew I wanted to fill it with herbs.  Although I know pretty much next to nothing about cooking with fresh herbs, I figured I’d be more likely to learn if I planted some.  So I put in Greek and golden oregano, lime green thyme, Italian flat and curled parsley, sweet basil, purple sage and chives.  I did allow myself a spot for some French variegated lavender, bien sûr!

Since I’ve had some experience growing herbs in my flower garden, I wasn’t surprised when they grew like gangbusters.  They grew so well in fact that it was time to start thinking about making something with them!  So, this morning I found a recipe for a fresh herb bread machine bread and decided there was no time like the present.

Happily, the recipe called for basil, thyme, oregano AND sage so I had a blast with the kitchen shears.  I used my new manual mini food processor to chop everything up and ended up with enough for two loaves!

The house smelled glorious as the bread was baking.  After it cooled a bit, I sliced it up, brushed it with butter, toasted it in the oven and served it with spaghetti for dinner.

It was fabulous. All the more so for having learned something.




  • Deb says on: June 22, 2012 at 12:16 am


    YUMMY!!! (where’s the spaghetti recipe? :)
    Tricia, I love your photo’s, almost as much as reading the captions under them!
    Here’s another suggestion for sage, if you haven’t already had it. Whole sage leaves sauteed in butter until crispy (add a little olive oil so the butter doesn’t burn.) Nice accompanyment to chicken, pasta, salads…
    Can’t wait to see what happens when the sage takes over…or better yet, I want to see tips on how to keep the herb garden well behaved!
    I look so forward to your posts. Keep ’em coming!
    Love and hugs. Deb

  • Michelle K. says on: June 22, 2012 at 12:37 am


    Mmmmm, I could smell the bread baking as I read this! That is one beautiful basket of bread! I am so happy you started this blog, it’s going to be very fun following your progress.

  • Marian Burke says on: June 22, 2012 at 11:51 am


    Oh Tricia, the bread looks so tasty!! It’s going to be so nice to have fresh herbs and salad through the Summer. I’m so looking forward to watching the garden grow!! x

  • Bruce Kitto says on: June 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm


    I can confirm that the bread was fantastic. I am beging to reap what I sowed in creating the garden – great cooking by TM!

  • Denise says on: June 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm


    I am thinking you should open a roadside stand and sell fresh veggies, herbs, and bread. I would be your best customer!

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Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening