Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


We plant lots of basil in the garden at Linderhof
It's one of our favorite herbs
And it is a summer herb
It doesn't like to be cold
And so the temperature
especially the ground temperature
needs to be warm.

We don't plant basil at Linderhof
until Memorial Day or after

We planted this weekend

Little basil plants

A half dozen
(and we'll probably add a couple more during the next week or so)

There are two things about basil --

You never let them go to seed
And if you pinch them back by about a third two or three times during the growing season
you end up with big bushy plants!

We do pinch
Always right after we plant
Taking about a third of the plant
Just about a spot where two leaves branch out.

Our "pickings" find their way to the kitchen
A respectable amount from the six plants
Our first basil of the season.

It's always a red letter day
The day we plant basil.

And those clippings make one of our favorite dishes
We call it margarita pasta
Pasta (your favorite kind), basil (chiffonade the bigger leaves and we leave the little ones whole), cherry tomatoes halved, olive oil, salt and pepper and a good shower of Parmesan cheese!

It's a favorite supper
And will be repeated many times this summer
Especially when we have garden cherry tomatoes!

Dinner was al fresco in the garden

The pasta, homemade bread, and a wilted lettuce salad

We'll have many more snippets of basil in our meals this summer
And the next time I clip in a month or so, there should be enough to make the first batch of pesto for the freezer.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I seed my basil directly in the garden. Planted it about two weeks ago and no have tiny little basil plants. Looking forward to simple pasta meals like yours as today, I also bought two cherry tomato plants!

Pondside said...

That looks delicious - simple and with the elegance that comes from real ingredients.

Bernideen said...

Looks like a lovely meal!

Beth said...

Your pasta looks great, Martha! I bought a cinnamon basil plant this year - it sure smells great!