Growing up in the south and being from the land of casseroles I didn’t know much about herbs. Yet, as a young adult I was introduced to them and the delicious recipes that featured them. Not long after, one of my roommates had a barrel of herbs on our porch and picked from them for most every dinner. Once I saw how prevalent they could be in cooking and how easily and efficiently they grew – I wanted to do my own. Let’s walk through the easy and fun process of planting your own herb garden!
- Pick your plants. I highly recommend trying the herbs you want to purchase before purchasing them. Some herbs may taste strange or different to you. I would also consider what dishes you frequent and what dried herbs they may call for that you could replace with fresh ones. If you don’t cook recipes with herbs try slowly incorporating some of the classics like basil, rosemary, or oregano.
- Figure out what your plants need. Some herbs love water, and others, like lavender don’t. Be sure you read the label on the herb, ask someone at the store, or research what each individual herb needs. Not all herbs need the same thing – keep that in mind. Apart from watering, see how much sun they need. With sunlight herbs tend to be similar in needing partial sun.
- Decide where you want them. Do you have a cute window planter? Already have a garden outside that needs some herbs in the mix, or are you wanting an indoor planter? Choose what best fits your needs and expertise. If you’re wanting a lot of herbs – out door in a bed may be the best option as herbs will need space in-between. Indoor planters are great for cold weather or areas with harsh storms, rain, or anything that could damage the herbs.
- Find recipes. While your herbs are growing, get to researching. Another great idea is to think on staple dishes you already make and how you could bring them up a notch by adding fresh herbs. They are very tasty in pasta dishes, chicken rubs or marinades, and as a potato garnish.
- Using your herbs. Be gentle when harvesting. You can use scissors instead of plucking if that is better for the shape of the plant. Be sure only to take from the stem of each individual bloom. Do not cut or take the whole plant, when in doubt cut short for the best regrowth.
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Happy planting and cooking!