Ever thought of having your own herb garden and growing herbs at home?
Fresh herbs add lots of flavor to sweet and savory culinary creations. You can also use them to brew your own tea. You can really enjoy whatever you make knowing it’s all thanks to your green thumb! 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.
Select the Herbs for Your Herb Garden - Once you decide you want to start an herb garden; you need to pick what herbs you’d like to grow in your herb garden. 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.
There’s a lot you can do with herbs. 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.
How to Harvest Herbs from Your Herb Garden - When it comes to harvesting your herbs, the more you pick, the more you will get, so harvest often. It’s also important to harvest before your herbs start flowering because you’ll get more flavorful, better tasting herbs before the plants start to flower so make sure to check how much they’re yielding.
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 ready at your fingertips.
Happy Herbs Gardening & Cooking!
Chef Ellie Lavender
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine
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