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Herb-Infused Bliss: Growing Your Way to Health and Flavor

I love having fresh herbs ready for picking. My personal favourites are basil, rosemary, cilantro and thyme. I like to grow mint as well. I started growing mint a few years ago when my friend Sue, shared a plant with me. Now it is a favourite to grow. It can quickly take over your garden so make sure you plant in a planter if that is an issue for you. This year I want to step outside of the usual plantings and add some dill for all the fish 🎣 we eat. It is always fun to experiment with different flavours and tailor your herb garden to what you eat on a regular basis.

This is a favourite snack. Cut potato’s into wedges and pour a little EVOO on them, some S&P, garlic salt and fresh rosemary toss to coat well. Lay them out on a cookie sheet and pop them into a preheated 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, turning once half way through. 😋

Don’t overlook the nutritional benefits in your herbs. They are typically high in Vitamin A, C, and K. Frying or grilling can decrease the spices antioxidant properties. Your best bet is to microwave, simmer or stew them. This will actually increase their antioxidant levels. I didn’t actually know this until I did a little research for this blog. Ya learn something new everyday! 😉

If you are looking for gut health  many herbs have digestive properties that can aid in digestion and alleviate digestive discomfort. For example, herbs like mint, ginger, and fennel can help relieve bloating, gas, and indigestion.

Herbs like garlic, oregano, and thyme have antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties that can help support the body’s natural defenses against infections and illness.

Certain herbs, such as turmeric, rosemary, and basil, have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is linked to various health conditions, so incorporating these herbs into your diet can promote overall health and well-being. If you haven’t tried turmeric tea you should! I love it at night. Check out the recipe HERE on this same post is a great DIY project to have fun with this spring.

Did you know that herbs can provide sensory stimulation that promotes cognitive function and mental well-being. They stimulate the senses through sight, smell, and taste with their vibrant colours, fragrant aromas, and unique flavours.

Beyond cooking and vitamins a little bit of gardening outdoors can reduce stress, anxiety and even depression. I love how mindless it can be. I have been known to take my coffee out to the garden, still in my PJ’s and start puttering…next thing you know it’s almost lunch time! It brings with it a sense of accomplishment. I honestly cannot wait to start my new garden.

Growing your own herbs is a big money saver too. These prices above might look ‘cheap’ but when a recipe calls for a tablespoon of any given herb from one of these packages…what do you do with the rest? Mine wilt in the fridge! An average plant costs $4.99 – $6.99. Seeds are even cheaper if you want to start your garden from scratch. Personally, I like to start with a plant. 😂 Lest chance of killing them. Compare a plant price to Fortinos packages and you will be ahead of the game. With the cost of groceries now it is completely worth growing your own herbs and they are probably the easiest thing to grow.

Once you become confident with herbs you will likely start growing other deliciousness (is this even a word?) in your garden. I love to grown jalapeños and cherry tomatoes, various colours of peppers and beans. Such a huge sense of satisfaction to pick home grown veggies and making a meal out of it. I can picture myself in the fall going out to my garden wearing an apron and filling up the front of it with fresh veggies. You can read my apron story HERE. It was published in a magazine.

There is an abundance of information on line about which herbs are easiest to grow and which ones to grow together. Not all herbs are happy in the same pot. You will find recipes that incorporate your fresh grown herbs. Books to read, magazines to buy. Even FB groups. It is fun to share information and get answers to your questions from others that share your passion for plants and gardening.

If you have absolutely no room for a garden of your own you can always rent space in community gardens. Or ask a friend for a small corner of their yard. You can pay them back with the fruits of your labour…or in this case the herbs of your labour.

By incorporating fresh herbs into your diet and lifestyle through an herb garden, you can enjoy these health benefits and support your overall health and well-being. Whether you have a small indoor herb garden or a larger outdoor garden, growing herbs can be a rewarding and enriching experience that promotes a healthy and vibrant life.

These cherry tomatoes came from my Corner House garden.


This is one of my favourite recipes for using my fresh herbs. Make a galette using frozen pastry….so delicious! Serve with a side of fruit as a delicious breakfast or with a side salad and a glass of wine for a light dinner.  Yummers!

For the full recipe and more tips on growing herbs visit this post HERE



Let the growing begin 💕 

(can you tell I’m excited?)

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  • Reply
    Mary Lynn
    May 12, 2024 at 9:38 AM

    Yummy 😋

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      May 13, 2024 at 7:49 AM

      I have a great product I am going to be doing a review on a product that would work for you on your balcony…IF you have railings. Stay tuned. 😘

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    May 12, 2024 at 10:11 AM

    Yum yum yum! Such a delicious read, Mare! So coincidentally, this morning I was just admiring my basil and tomato plants in my windowsill. Will be transplanted outside soon along with other herbs. They are such an economical and delish enhancer to my vegetarian (or any!) diet. Many thanks again Marion for spreading all the good news! 😊
    Happy Mothers Day too!🥰

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      May 13, 2024 at 7:47 AM

      Morning Val!!! Thanks for stopping in 😊 My garden 🪴 is being dug up tomorrow! I am super excited to get it all started for the season. Much smaller this year. I will have to get crafty with herbs, veggies and flowers all in one!

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    Betty King
    May 12, 2024 at 3:02 PM

    Happy Mother’s Day! Always interesting. Always informative!

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      May 13, 2024 at 7:45 AM

      Thanks BB-Ma!!! I hope you had a terrific Mother’s Day yesterday and every day 💕

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    May 13, 2024 at 7:51 AM

    I feel your excitement on this. I am definitely going to make the potato wedges. Simple ingredients and they look amazing.
    May 24th, the date recommended to start gardening in Ont, can’t get here fast enough for me. My house is full of plants. It’s what I love.

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      May 13, 2024 at 9:35 AM

      Hi Rosa. I hope you enjoy the recipes. The simpler the ingredients the better for me. Sometimes I look at a recipe and get overwhelmed with the ingredient list. 😂 I will be starting my garden tomorrow…and my ‘I’ I a mean I hired someone to do the digging. 😉 I will do the planting and puttering once the gardens are dug and shaped. I looked at the forecast and the temps look like they are going to be good.
      Have a great week Rosa. 😊

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    May 13, 2024 at 7:56 AM

    Happy Mother’s Day Savvy. It’s funny that you suggest using a plot of your neighbours garden. That is exactly what I do. I have an elderly lady beside me that cannot look after her gardens anymore. I offered to help in return for some garden space. Her family still works and this turned out to be a perfect set up for all of us last year. I am going to continue again this year. Great article and recipes too. I love receiving your emails.

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      May 13, 2024 at 9:31 AM

      That is so amazing! I love that you are actually able to help your neighbour while doing something you love. Perfect. I am so happy that you are enjoying my blog.
      Have a super fun growing season Nancy!

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    May 13, 2024 at 4:30 PM

    Great information. You have inspired me to put a few planters aside for some herbs. I love the idea of picking them as needed. Thanks Marion. I hope your Mother’s Day was a happy day for you.

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      May 13, 2024 at 4:37 PM

      That’s awesome Laura. I am so happy that I have inspired you. Trust me, herbs are simple to grow. There is so much info on the internet on the best way to plant them, what to plant them beside and obviously exposure to the elements.
      Have fun with it. 😊

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