Paula’s Herb Garden

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Paula’s Herb Garden

By Paula Deen

Spending time in my herb garden is something that I just can’t get enough of. I’ve always loved having a beautiful, lush garden, especially if I can grow fresh herbs and vegetables that I can use when I cook. It’s so economical and, if you ask me, growing your ingredients makes your cooking taste all the better!

Raised Garden
When I was in the process of building my garden, I knew that I wanted it to be unique. That’s why I decided that I wanted to have raised planters. I just hate having to kneel down for hours at time digging, and planting. Now, I don’t to stoop so low and it saves my back a lot of trouble! I can also walk in between my different planters without having to worry about tripping. And it really helps to keep my plants contained without overcrowding.

What I Plant
I call it my herb garden, but I grow a lot more than just herbs! Right now in the fall, it’s kind of an odd growing season here in Savannah, so I don’t have as much. I’ve been on a hot pepper salt kick, so I’ve been growing peppers that I can bring inside to make salts, sauces and jellies.

When this picture was taken, you can see the gorgeous Chinese red hibiscus plants. It’s such a pretty color for the late summer and early fall months, so I love to go out and pick some and bring it inside to decorate. If you’ve watched my show, some of those wonderful flower arrangements you see come straight from my garden, y’all!

This past summer, however, I love growing all of my basil and thyme, and I think it’s so pretty to have a tall tomato plant in the center of each planter.

And then in the winter, what’s better than growing your own lettuces, like kale and swiss chard?

No Bugs About It
What to know a quick tip for keeping your garden pest-free? I like to mix a little dish soap with water and put it in a spray bottle. Then I lightly mist my plants, and it’s such a miracle at keeping the bugs away. Ladybugs are also really useful at guarding your precious plants.

What do y’all plant? I would love to see photos of your gardens!

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Love your garden. Every year I plant a garden. It's amazing how wonderful the veg.,fruits taste . They are so much better than from the store. When I wake up ,get my coffee and walk outside to view my garden, it's wonderful to see how God has touched my plants . Plus I wanted to let you know ,your pie crust is the best . When I make my pies ,it is your crust I make. Everyone loves it. Loved your show. Hope to see you back on TV soon.

By Karen knight on March 14, 2014

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I love your herb Garden Paula deen I want to see you.

By Donna eichhorn on February 14, 2014

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I miss your show on the foodnetwork,I hope you will get another show soon.

By Eunice Kline on August 03, 2013

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Hi there. Loved your blog. I would like to send you a pair gardening gloves that are new for 2013. They are called Spidex Gloves and I'm the inventor. They just became available on QVC.com and are getting alot of attention. I would love for you to have a pair to use in your herb garden. Email me a po box if interested. Thanks. Brenda

By Brenda Pando on May 20, 2013

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hot spiced Apple pear cider sound very y all. love Donna

By Donna marie Eichhorn on December 17, 2012

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PAULA, I LOVE THIS LINK WE NOW HAVE WITH YOUR ARTICLES AND RECIPES ETC. I GET YOUR MAGAZINE AND WATCH AS MANY OF YOUR COOKING SHOWS THAT I CAN FIND. YOU ARE ONE OF MY FAVORITES. . MY DTR AND SON IN LAW WHEN TO VISIT LAST YEAR, ATE AT YOUR RESTAURANT AND LOVED IT, AND BROUGHT ME BACK A FEW SOUVENIRS WHICH I LOVE. ONE I HAVE ON MY FRIG. . I LOVE THE WAY YOU DRESS AND I HAVE THE SAME TASTE AND WHITE HAIR TOO SO I FEEL WE ARE A LOT ALIKE IN MANY WAYS ONLY YOU HAVE BECOME A SUCCESS. I AM NOT MUCH OF A COOK ( LIVING ALONE) BUT DID TRY ONE OF YOUR RECIPES YOU MADE ON TV A WHILE BACK.IT IS THE MACARONI SALAD WITH THE MOZZARELLA CHEESE IN IT . IT WAS DELICIOUS AND I BROUGHT IT TO A COOKOUT WHERE IT WAS A BIG SUCCESS. I AM NOT MUCH OF A READER BUT I DID READ THE BOOK ON YOUR LIFE AND LOVE THE MAGAZINES. GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE AND KEEP IT COMING!! TERRY O"GRADY

By TERRY O'GRADY on June 20, 2012

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Hi Paula. I have four sons and we have that in common. Raising sons I mean My whiskey barrels stood on the patio next to back doorr and one held a beautiful crop of leaf lettuce and the other was my carrots. I had radishes too but bugs got them. Will try soap spray next year I love your home and I enjoy living in an over 109 year old farm house too. Wouldn't trade it for a brand new one. I love your decorating and have your Savannah book and most of your cookbooks too Yesterday I saw you and your husband all proped up in bed on many pillows and you got up to cook breakfast. I have to tell you that you look so pretty without your makeup. You look young and energetic like a new bride. Michael is lucky!

By Jean Hoffmann on January 11, 2012

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Leigh Fruittcher and all you novice gardners. Listen to me.... not all bugs and spiders are bad for your gardens! They can be natural predators that eat the bad bugs, and you DO NOT need to spend money on pesticides and bug killers that you will ultimately ingest when you eat your homegrown vegetables. If you see those hornworms on your tomatoes, pick them off and step on them. Spiders are especially helpful... They are eating the pests and bugs! Don't resort to bug killers and sprays, after all they might in fact kill the beneficial lady bugs that we need. And the birds that eat bugs can, too, ingest the pesticides. Paula's idea of a spray bottle with a little dish detergent and water works well.

By mary on October 23, 2011

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Hi Paula, Love your house, just saw it on CMT while I was getting my oil changed on my car. We have similar tastes in decorating and cooking. We aren't much on deep frying up here in Minnesota, but I'll be sure to try your smokey apple cinnamon meatloaf, because we love to use our ovens!!

By Laural on October 20, 2011

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WE JUST LOVE YOU AND WE WACH YOU SHOW AND WE LOVE YOUR RECIPES AND WE LOVE YOU TO DO YOU ALL HERE ME ..

By Martha Ballew on October 12, 2011

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Hi Paula, I know you don't know me but I have been watching your shows for several years now and I hate it when I miss one. I also notice that there are getting fewer and fewer with all the other cooking shows, but I sure hope you don't quit on us now. I would really miss not seeing you,for I feel you are part of my family. I don't have a beauitful raised garden like yours, I live in town not much space. I use big flower pots for herbs and even tomatos. I just wanted to mention a recipe to you and see if you have ever heard of it, my Mom use to make it all the time especially in the summer.I wanted to get it but, she passed suddenly and I never got it. I will tell you what all she put in it and maybe you have use it before. It was a Red Tomato Pie, she would pick the ripest and juiciest tomatos, she put Cinnamon,butter,brown sugar and a little flour, I think! then a lattice top, then bake. I hope you have use this recipe before, if you have please let me know. I will sign off for now keep up the wonderful shows, for they are so close to home. Love Ya! Connie B

By Connie Smith Burkhart on October 12, 2011

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Paula, I love your herb garden. Our yard is very small and so instead of lots of flower gardens I have utilized that space for my herbs and peppers. Like you I have been on a major pepper kick and my front garden on one side is nothing but various hot peppers and on the other side are my sweet peppers. We have planted marigolds in the drainage ditch in the front of our house and it is totally full. I have been pulling seeds for next year for two weeks now and there seems to be no end in sight. Just love you and your family. Thanks for all of your good work. Janey Kelly

By Jane Kelly on October 11, 2011

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HI Paula, I wish I had taken pictures of my beautiful herb garden My husband built for me while we were in Maine for the summer. It was beautiful, I had dill, for pickles, thyne, basil, chives and rosemary. Iloved having my own herbs. I was inspired to have my own by you and your delicious recipes. My huband being a Georgia boy loves your southern cooking. In fact we visited your resturant on one of our trips to Myrtle Beach and he was in Southern heaven!!!! I make a lot of your recipes. Being from Maine I had to learn to cook the southern dishes. Love your show. Maxine

By Maxine Head on October 11, 2011

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Oh my goodness!!! My husband and I genuinely ADORE your recipes. I am having a Halloween party this week and your Taco Soup is going to be my "Witches Brew" in the crock pot. LOL! My husband and I have just recently gotten into planing our own veggies, and herbs. We have been spending out the wazoo to get expensive pest killers to keep the bugs off. We have been finding spiders esp. lurking around our veggies. =( I am going to try the tip you gave about the dish soap and water in the spray bottle. I am so thankful to have crossed path with that tip. It will save us $$$ for sure! God bless you and your family Paula, esp as the Holiday Seasons are upon us all. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world! You touch the lives of so many which you will never meet/greet. Just know we are all EXTREMELY grateful- and our husbands are equally as appreciative of your recipes as well! wink haha Happy Holidays to everyone else on here as well. My fave time of the year! <3 YIPPEE!!!

By LEIGH FRUITTICHER on October 10, 2011

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love your garden Paula

By matthew on October 09, 2011

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By ijust love your show but they move it from 5.30 in on October 06, 2011

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Fantastic info' on herbs. I also love to cook with herbs. I like the raised beds. My last herb garden was a 12 foot circle and now I am starting a new design since I have moved.

By Sheila on October 06, 2011

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I love planting cabbage in the Fall! I use the head and the leaves smile

By Rachel G on October 06, 2011

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i like seeing ur garden it is pretty and i would like to know is how can i get my herbs to grow like that because i live in ohio and we have all seasons here so what is the best way can i have herbs all year round and i do sweet basil,orgergo,rosemary,and parsley too?

By Lisa Capper on October 06, 2011

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always love your herbs but here in VA it is hard to plant in the fall and the summer is to hot. What do you do? Newport news it hot and then cold

By pam on October 06, 2011

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