Thienemans Herbs is an old-fashioned, family-owned operation where you can find herbs and perennials, heirloom tomatoes and more. We like it because it specializes in PLANTS — you won’t find garden gnomes or bric-a-brac — just healthy plants and good advice.
Last year we didn’t plant lettuces or herbs until mid-April but this year, because we had such a mild winter, many of our herbs wintered over. Our parsley is as green as ever, as is the oregano.
Our “salad bar” grows in Earth Boxes on the south-facing, sunny side of the house — just steps from our back door. We have five boxes, which is enough for our favorite kitchen herbs. When the early salad greens are finished we fill in with basil plants that we use fresh and harvest for pesto.
Just to be on the safe side, we’re using upturned mason jars as mini-greenhouses until we’re sure freezing temperatures are gone. The jars are just the right size for the tiny plants. One of the features I love about the Earth Boxes is that you water them through a tube and the moisture comes up through the bottom of the box. That helps keep these delicate plants from washing away and the boxes don’t dry out as fast as other containers might.