Spring in Our Micro ‘Backyard’

Not long ago, we got our first real warm sunny day here. As soon as I could, I strapped on my backpack, leashed Miles, and we set off for the local garden store. Over the last year, I have been plant-sitting for my sister, who is studying in Scotland. Last year I loved cooking with the fresh herbs from her planters. So, the second we got some spring weather, I was on a mission to get a bunch of new herbs to replenish the stocks, and add a bit of new flavor. Amazingly enough I got to the nursery when they had just received this year’s herb shipment. I bought a bunch of herbs, and some strawberry plants. First, I planted the strawberries.

Spring in Our Micro 'Backyard'
Spring in Our Micro 'Backyard'
Then I planted two planters full of herbs. Here is the list of herbs I got, and my favorite recipes I plan on using them in (if any of the recipes interest you and you have questions, comment and I will elaborate!):

OreganoGreek Lemon Chicken (recipe here) 

Thyme – Chicken Salad (cook strips of chicken breast with thyme, place on salad of greens, beets, a bit of goat cheese, and fresh chopped red pepper and mushrooms) 

Rosemary – Lamp Chops (coat a few small lamb chops in tons of roughly chopped fresh rosemary, sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper, and fry in a teaspoon of butter on a cast iron pan with a chopped carrot. cook sides briefly till browned, then cook (still on pan) in the oven at 425 degrees for around 8 minutes. Voila, perfect every time…) 

Cilantro – Homemade Thai or Mexican Dishes (try chopped cilantro in homemade guacamole in the place of chopped tomatoes, it is amazing) 

SageChicken & Polenta (recipe here) 

MintMojitos (recipe here), Homemade Pad Thai, or Vermicelli Noodle Bowls (vermicelli rice noodles, bits of lean pork lightly fried with soy sauce, fresh cucumber, tons of steamed broccoli, and a sauce of soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil)

Spring in Our Micro 'Backyard'
Spring in Our Micro 'Backyard'
Spring in Our Micro 'Backyard'
I am liking the copper plant ID tags I picked up.
Spring in Our Micro 'Backyard'
I also got a trellis for my sister’s prized raspberry bush, which I have managed to keep alive (whew!)
Spring in Our Micro 'Backyard'
Sadly, we don’t get to use our shared backyard, because my neighbour’s dogs aren’t friendly with other dogs. But I found a way for Miles to still have a little backyard time… He likes go out there when I am on our tiny deck. I tend to the little deck garden, and Miles watches the birds…
Spring in Our Micro 'Backyard'
Spring in Our Micro 'Backyard'
Our neighbor’s dogs may have crushed my dream of having a useable backyard, but, they sure are cute. They are full-size Greyhounds, which you don’t see often. They both love me, and rush to shower me with love when I pass through the yard. I’ll admit it, it is a bit flattering. These two don’t like just anyone (as proved by the rips in our houses’ long-time gardener’s work pants! Yikes)…
Spring in Our Micro 'Backyard'
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Spring in Our Micro 'Backyard'
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