Fresh herbs add enticing flavor to sweet and savory culinary creations. Whether you’re a novice gardener or just getting into it, starting an herb garden will bring you lots of joy without much hard work as herbs are able to grow in a variety of conditions.
So let’s get started!
Selecting Herbs - Once you decide you want to start an herb garden, choose what herbs you love to grow. You can either start with seeds or starter plants, depending on your preference. There is a wide variety of herbs to choose from for your herb garden, including: Basil, Chives, Mint, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Tarragon, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Oregano, Thyme, Marjoram, Lemon Verbena and Culinary Lavender.
Harvesting Herbs - When it comes to harvesting your herbs, the more you harvest, the more you’ll get, so harvest often. It’s also important to harvest before your herbs start flowering because you’ll get more flavorful and better tasting herbs.
Culinary Uses of Herbs - Herbs have been used for thousands of years to add flavor to foods. Herbs such as basil, chives, thyme, marjoram and oregano add a punch of flavor to savory dishes, while lavender and herbs like rosemary add both floral aroma and flavor to many sweet dishes. For tea or cocktails, mint and lemon verbena are especially refreshing.
Whether you plan to use fresh herbs in a recipe, or dry them to use later, growing them yourself ensures that you’ll have plenty of flavorful herbs year-round for more flavorful cooking and baking!
Happy Herbs Gardening!
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