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Ah…the sweet sounds of summer – birds chirping, water lapping against the boat (after the ice is out), the whiz of bike tires, err…the incessant drone of lawn mowers and weed whips (well, they’re still summer sounds!), and a sizzling grill are all music to the ears.
Summers are short in Minnesota. We savor every minute and do everything we can outdoors, including preparing, cooking and eating meals. There is no shortage of grilling going on around here! Edible gardening is where it’s at; take that to the next level and you have grill gardening!
When you think about grilling, you think about burgers and chops – anything you can sear or skewer! But what about the veg? And even more importantly, what about the herbs? Though delicious when grilled on their own, veggies, fish and chicken sing a sweeter tune when paired with herbs (as does the humble martini!). These are some of the most scrumptious herb combos you’ll consume this season, thanks to herbs from your own grill garden!
Pink Chintz Thyme: Can be grown in between steppers and tolerates light foot traffic. Plant it as a ground cover and you’ll have a ready supply! Zone: 4 – 9
Barbeque Rosemary: Easy to grow variety with especially remarkable flavor and aroma for cooking. Strong, straight stems make perfect barbecue skewers! Zone: 8 – 10 (Can overwinter indoors in a sunny window.)
Italian Oregano: The dense, low, spreading habit of this herb makes it perfect to grow in containers or along the edge of a garden as a lovely border plant. Zone: 6 – 10
Munstead Lavender: All lavenders will work with this recipe, but we like this one because it’s super-hardy even in our zone. Zone: 5 – 9