I made this recipe using fresh dill from my herb garden and pickling cucumbers from the farmer’s market in Old Colorado City, just outside of the Springs. (We have a few cucumber plants in the garden, but they haven’t produced quite yet). I plan to can a bunch of pickles when we harvest our cucumbers later this season, but for now I just popped the jars in the fridge knowing they’ll get eaten up in no time. The recipe is pretty simple:
- 1 lb Cucumbers, Sliced, Halved, or Quartered
- 1 cup White Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 cup Water
- 2 tbsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 2 tbsp Fresh Dill
- 1 tbsp Pickling Spices or Dill Seeds
-Bring the water, vinegar, salt, and sugar to a boil, stirring just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
-Loosely pack sterilized mason jars with cucumbers.
-Drop in fresh dill and spices.
-Fill remaining jar space with warm vinegar mixture.
-Cover with lid and refrigerate for up to a month. (Refrigerate for a few hours before opening for best taste).
More to come from the fresh herb series, and look out for some canning chronicles and recipes coming to the blog this fall!
After a few unexpected weeks of rain, wind, and even a little snow, the sun finally emerged and began to warm the earth around me. I graciously planted my bare feet in the dirt and, after much anticipation, started transplanting my herbs to the garden. Since I have been limited to small garden boxes or indoor pots in the past, I wanted to take advantage of all of the space in my new yard. I designated specific areas for different herbs based on the plants’ needs. Below is a guide on where to place plant babies and how to care for them.
Rosemary and lavender love the sun. They absolutely love it. Full sun is best for these plants. And they are definitely not needy when it comes to watering. Water is usually only necessary for these babes when the soil gets pretty dry.
I have a few basil plants as well as some varieties of mint. Basil plants can grow pretty large, so leave some room for them to spread out. Basil and mint prefer a lot of sunshine, but can also tolerate some shade. They’re a little more fussy and need to be watered regularly.
Dill enjoys full sun, but also doesn’t like to get too much heat. I’m still trying to find a balance for my dill plants. Dill also needs to be watered pretty regularly.
Sage, thyme, and cilantro prefer full sun and well-drained earth. Sage and cilantro may tolerate some shade. Make sure to provide plenty of room for plants, especially cilantro, to grow and grow.
Chamomile and lemon verbena seem to enjoy more shade than sunshine. They also don’t need a ton of water.
It always helps to do research before starting an herb garden. Some methods of growing and care may differ depending on types of herbs, as well as your zone.
As my herbs grow, I’ll be making all sorts of concoctions, potions, and recipes with them and sharing on the blog! See you soon, and happy planting!