Today was the day to get on top of my summer herbs. I poked and sprinkled seeds anywhere I could find a spare patch of fertile soil. High on my priority list was basil. I just can’t get enough of it. Especially when we have tomatoes in the garden. You know, during summer we virtually live on open sandwiches of fresh ricotta, basil, tomato and pepper. I cannot wait! If you have a cheese maker (or factory outlet) anywhere near your home I beg you to get out there on the day they make their fresh batches of ricotta. It is the most amazing thing to buy fresh from the vat. I’m telling you, where I go, you buy this stuff when it is still warm and there is nothing like it! It’s so light. In texture it’s somewhere between custard and warm poached egg. Ah…
…Ok back to earth now! So, where was I? Oh yes, herbs. Now we are fortunate enough to have parsley popping up all over the place. /don’t tell Paul but, it is due to a little parsley dance I did around the garden after harvesting a particularly good crop of parsley seed. He doesn’t like my style of dancing much =) He banned me from doing the Zorba after I cut my heel open on the couch while watching Vasili on the TV. Too funny!
In terms of parsley, my preference is ‘Giant of Italy’. I’ve been growing it for years and although from time to time I grow the curly leaf varieties, given the size and vigour of the giant it makes little sense to me to grow anything else. I’ll try to give you a photographic comparison of the standard flat leaf and giant varieties. ‘Giant of Italy’ basically grows in a similar fashion to Lovage.
Speaking of Lovage, I sowed some of that too! There was also some cumin, Echinacea and another round of dill since my current crop is about to bolt.
I popped some coriander seeds into my GreenSmart pots; Delfino at the front door, slow bolting at the back. The ‘Delfino’ is a lovely fine leaf coriander. It has the same flavour as standard varieties but the foliage is somewhere between carrot and dill. I find it a little prone to bolting but, I like to grow both varieties. Chickie Boombah goes mad for coriander so, I put everywhere. The thing is: she really loves coriander and I really love her sweet coriander breath.
When I was down at CERES the other day I picked up some Chervil, Marjoram, Artichokes and Horseradish. They all went in today too.
“Hey Chickie… You got a kiss for mamma babe?”
She’s a smoochy girl!