Who can help but get the itch for planting when everywhere you look there is fresh dirt, empty from winter, just waiting to be filled? Grocery store entrances are flanked with seedlings, and as the landscape greens and blossoms, I find that I want to join in, too.
Fresh herbs are low maintenance. They don’t need much room; a small pot will do. Put them in a sunny window, on a deck, or in a larger garden. Cilantro can be tricky. I manage to kill it within a few weeks, but I no longer take it hard. Perhaps it’s not meant to live long? I’ve gotten used to replacing it as needed. Basil, chives, rosemary, and thyme are hardier.
Fresh cilantro makes the perfect topping for any Mexican food. Slivers of fresh basil bring out the flavor of Italian dishes. Sprinkle chopped chives over potatoes, pasta, or salads.