Grow Your Own Herbs from Seed – Guaranteed?  Checking it out…

Grow Your Own Herbs from Seed – Guaranteed? Checking it out…

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I get so antsy this time of year; that first crocus I see timidly testing the temperature has me dreaming of gardens and backyard bbqs.   The magnified flavor of homegrown tomatoes can’t be matched in the store.   The richness of basil leaves picked moments before adding them to your meal is unparalleled.   Yum, my mouth is drooling just thinking about fresh caprese salad deliciousness.  Recipe’s at the end of the post! tomatoes basil mozzarella I get so excited to think of the plants I want to have in my garden, the produce I want to harvest and turn into deliciousness fresh off the vine, or bush, or stalk that I rush out to buy plants and seeds well before it’s actually warm enough to put them in the ground.   I’ve bought countless seed packets and seed starter trays and each time I anxiously watch as the fledgling plants emerge from the ground.  Each time I think “This is the year, my seedlings will work.” and every year I lose them all before they can get big enough to plant.

Miracle-Gro Gro-ables

That is why I am SO excited to try the new Gro-ables from Miracle-Gro.  They are a brand new product that are guaranteed to grow!  Assuming I can follow directions of course. IF I can make these work (they are geared for brand new gardeners so there’s hope for me) then I’ll get that head start on my garden I’ve always wanted AND save some money.   Each pod is only $1.29 to $1.49 each versus the $3.50 I’ve been paying for my 4 inch potted herbs and vegetables I buy each year.   Fingers crossed they work for me!  Do you have a green thumb with seedlings? What’s your secret?

Caprese Recipe

 Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes (Tip – from your garden or farmer’s market have the most flavor)
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Fresh Mozzarella (Tip – Costco has best price I’ve found at $7 for 2 logs)
  • Balsalmic Vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt or Sea Salt 

Very simple to make:

  • Slice tomatoes (1/4 inch or thinner). 
  • Slice fresh mozzarella (1/4 inch or so).
  • Wash basil and select the best leaves. 
  • Alternate the above ingredients in layers.
  • If basil leaves are more mature aka more pungent or tougher, then use kitchen shears to cut into 1/4 inch strips and sprinkle liberally on top rather than layering.
  • Drizzle with balsalmic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil (quality counts).
  • Sprinkle with kosher or sea salt to taste.
  • Let sit for 30 minutes, take a spoon and pour the “sauce” back over the top.
  • Serve.

If you want to make this a main course instead of a side dish:

  • slice and toast french loaf and add a layer on top. 
  • Get a Boboli pizza crust, add some pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella, add this on top and then bake.

What vegetables or herbs are YOU most excited to grow?

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