ISSUE 29  |  A La Plage

An Instant Herb Garden

July 17, 2012 7:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

We have now officially reached that point in the growing season when it’s too hot to care (much). Reap what you sowed in cooler weather, or fake it with an instant Mediterranean herb garden:


Above: Plants in a pot–suitable “as is” for the windowsill or transplant directly into the garden (keep them well watered, and they should flourish in the heat). A selection of herbs, including Organic Tuscan Blue Rosemary and Organic Italian Oregano (Front, L and R), and Organic Italian Large-Leaf Basil, Organic Berggarten Sage, and Organic Lemon Thyme; they are $9.95 each from Williams-Sonoma.


Above: What to do with all that sage (Center)? I tasted deep fried sage leaves–a Mediterranean-inspired snack–the first time I visited southern France and have been hooked since. In a skillet, heat about 1/4 cup olive oil (the depth of the oil should be at least 1/8 inch, to cover the sage leaves). When hot, fry a handful of sage leaves at a time until crisp. Sprinkle with salt.

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Above: A set of three powder-coated steel Herb Pots, with drainage holes and a tray, are $29.95 from Williams-Sonoma. (N.B.: Looking for an incentive to tend the garden in the heat? For 158 images of Garden Tools, see our Gallery of rooms and spaces.)