Summertime. A time to get outside, to get some Q-time in, to relax and eat well.

Tending to a garden is a great way to spend your lazy days. If heat-tolerant plants like tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and berries are planted, all you have to do is water. Just touch the soil, and if it’s dry, break out the watering can.

Just remember to wear a hat, sunscreen and to stay hydrated to combat that summer heat. So, we’re getting Vitamin D, our plants are growing beautifully, now what the heck do we do with ’em?

We teamed up with Garden of Eatin’ to figure it out. Garden of Eatin’ is a Jacksonville-based company that installs culinary gardens in your backyard. They build the boxes, fill them with organic soil, and then plant just-about-ready-to-harvest herbs and vegetables.

“The most popular plants are the lettuces as it’s just so wonderful to be able to go outside each day and pick beautiful fresh salads for a simple healthy meal,” said founder Zak Foley.

Founder Zak Foley next to a garden he built in Fernandina Beach. Photo by Kalee Ball.

Founder Zak Foley next to a garden he built in Fernandina Beach. Photo by Kalee Ball.

But, there are more options than salads. “[Herbs] can perk up any meal with a simple sprig,” Foley said.

“Harvesting is the most fun of all and there are so many options available such as drying herbs to create teas, freezing to use herbs that aren’t available in certain seasons, making herb oils and creating herb and garlic vinegars. Everyone loves to can items such as beans, tomatoes, pickles and carrots.”

Below are some simple recipes to get you started. More are available on Garden of Eatin’s Facebook.


Dry herbs
Freeze herbs
Herb ice cubes
Herb vinegars
Courtesy of Garden of Eatin's Facebook

Courtesy of Garden of Eatin’s Facebook

Herb Spread
Courtesy of Garden of Eatin' Facebook

Courtesy of Garden of Eatin’s Facebook

Basil Cheddar Breakfast Burritos

To get your own garden, contact Garden of Eatin’ via Facebook or at (386) 972-1891.