Posts Tagged ‘oregano’

Thankfully, most of the insect problems have subsided, and we’re actually getting to use a lot of the vegetables from our garden. The harvest has been good so far and even if everything dies tomorrow (which we are hoping doesn’t happen), I’ll chalk it up to a pretty successful year.

Grilled chicken pitas with tzatziki and orzo.

Chicken pitas with tzatziki and orzo.

While I’m happy with a sliced cucumber or tomato and a little bit of salt, or some sautéed zucchini and eggplant, we’ve been trying to think of more creative ways to use everything.

That said, I’ll be sharing a few of the dishes we’ve been making with the herbs and vegetables from our garden. First up, Greek chicken with tzatziki.

It’s a pretty simple recipe, and we usually stuff the chicken in a pita pocket and top with the tzatziki.


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In my head, I said this post’s title much like Dr. Frankenstein when his experiment woke up.

While it may seem a bit silly, it kind of replicates my feelings when I saw our herbs bouncing back. The oregano has sprouted a handful of leaves, and the chives and mint are getting out of control, which is a bit of a surprise because it’s still so early in the season.

Chives and oregano in the first pot, mint behind it.

Chives and oregano in the first pot, mint behind it. The thyme didn’t survive the transplant.

Last year we dedicated an entire raised bed to herbs. Matt thought that was a waste of space, and I’ve come to see his point. Our plan this year is to intersperse the herbs throughout the vegetable beds – both as a space saver and possible pest deterrent.

But until we planted tomatoes, squash, peppers and a host of other plants, herbs were going to be on hold. So when I dug up the landscape fabric from last year’s herb bed, I replanted the chives, thyme and oregano in a spare pot until they were needed.

My thought was if they survive, great; if not, no big deal.

We’re glad to see they’re mostly doing well – the thyme looks dead, but the other two transplants look lush. I’m going to divide the chives into smaller clumps and plant them around the maple tree in our back yard. We also have hostas there that were nearly destroyed by slugs, and chives are supposed to repel those slimy beasts. Plus, they have pretty purple flowers when you let them go to seed.

As for the mint, well, Derby Day is right around the corner …

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