I'm just thrilled that my small herb garden is doing so well, so I thought I'd share a few pictures with everyone. Keep in mind that we don't have a camera, so these were taken with a camera phone which is why some of them are unfocused.
This is some of my sweet basil and behind it, slightly to the left you can see my small Thai hot pepper plant. The yellow flowers are the workhorses of my organic garden— marigolds!
This is my adorable, very hot Thai pepper. I've had it for about a year, but I made the mistake of keeping it in a pot in which I nearly killed it from over-watering; since it's been in well-drained soil in the garden it's really made a comeback and has quadrupled its size in only about four months.
As you can see I really rely on marigolds to keep pests out of my garden and especially off of my delicious basil. This is the first year I've grown dark opal basil, but I'm very please with it's spiciness, flavor, and unusual color so from now on I'm going to plant it year after year.
This is just common sage, but it's a staple in my herb garden; I frequently use it in the kitchen and I also use it to make smudges. To the left you can see the purple leaves of the dark opal basil and— of course!— more marigolds.
Lavender is another herb I can't stand to do without! I just love its fantastic scent and beautiful, pollinator-attracting blooms. I also like to bake lavender cookies during the summer. Those two shoots in front of the lavender are actually leaves of onion chives.
Tooth ache plant is also sometimes called "eyeball flower" because of its weird looking flowers. This spring is the first time I've ever grown this plant, so I'm not entirely sure if I have it in the right place in my garden; I planted it to be a centerpiece, but it seems to be growing quite low with a tendency to spread, so I may relocate it to the borders. Chewing the leaves really does numb your mouth slightly and the flowers are supposed to be much more potent.
I didn't bother posting pictures of a lot of my other herbs because they're either just not as interesting, or I'm not as proud of them as I am of these others, or I still only have them in pots. I have plans to make my small herb garden a lot bigger, so once I get that accomplished I'll be sure to post pictures of the rest of my herbs. I did want to post a picture of my valerian, but it was too shady at the time I was photographing to get a decent shot. Oh well, next time!