Here’s a question I posed to my husband the other day: How do you tell the difference between a lawn that’s gone dormant and a lawn that’s just dead?
His answer: I guess time will tell which ours is.
Along with much of the rest of the country, Kansas is in the middle of a very tough drought.
It’s been especially hard on farmers. I see regular updates on our farmer’s market Facebook feed that yet another farmer has had to call it quits for the season.
I asked the lady who runs my favorite vegetable stand how they were still offering so many vegetables, and she said they had a river to irrigate from. At least for now.
Between the drought and traveling much of July, I’ve pretty much given up on my outdoor plants. I have my fingers crossed that the not hopelessly dead ones will come back in the fall.
But there has been one pleasant surprise: the pots of herbs I planted back in the early summer.
As long as they’re getting semi-regular waterings, they’ve proven to be pretty resistant to the 100+ temps we’ve had.
Growing Herbs in Outdoor Pots
This was my first attempt at growing pots of herbs outdoors and I wish I had done it sooner.
Here’s the super complicated method I used:
- Buy starter plants of the herbs I like best (basil, rosemary, chives, parsley, and mint.)
- Stick them in potting soil, making sure to put the mint in it’s own pot. (I know next to nothing about gardening, but I do know that mint will take over whatever else it’s around. This full pot — which was even fuller before the heat got so intense — started from one very small plant.)
- Water when the soil gets dry.
I’ll admit that when I planted these I had fantasies of going out to cut herbs for our dinner each night, a la Ina Garten/The Barefoot Contessa. Sadly, that would require me to actually cook dinner each night, which is it’s own kind of fantasy.
Especially in this heat.
But the few times I have cooked with the herbs I’ve grown, it’s been pretty satisfying.
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Right now it looks like that basil could use harvesting, huh?
Are you an herb gardener? Have any tips to share?