Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blake's Herbs

Written by Blake Swanson
 Diamond Nexus Employee,  inspiration of the first "World's Best Husband" T-Shirt and rumored defeator of Chuck Norris

There is no doubt that if you're cooking at home, and you don't want your dinner to taste like junior high cafeteria food, you're going to use herbs while you cook.  Being a self-described cheapskate, I typically would cringe when pricing out the cost of fresh herbs at the grocery store.  Sure dried spices are inexpensive and seemingly last a lifetime, but it just doesn't taste the same.  Many of my personal recipes call for fresh herbs added at the end.  My solution:  plant my own herbs!  Not only is it extremely cost effective, but it's dual purpose as they also double (at least in looks) as a small house plant.  So far I've planted mint, cilantro, basil, chives, oregano and parsley.  Keep in mind herbs need to be watered much more often then a normal plant, and it's important to regularly feed them with a traditional plant food.  Also, I've found (by trial and error) that it's important to keep them in direct sunlight!   As a bonus--they all smell great!

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