Starting an herb garden can be easy to do and with some simple research and a little gardening knowledge you will have a thriving garden that can add spice and flavor to your cooking. Growing herbs is easier than you may think, and once your herb garden is established then you may never buy herbs from a shop again.
You will need to decide the location for your herbs and then
consider which ones you are wanting to grow. Some herbs grow very
well together and others have to have more sunlight and growing
space. Herbs thrive in the sunlight and choosing a sunny spot is
essential, as they need six hours of sun a day.
If you'd like an indoor herb garden, placing and starting an herb
garden near your kitchen door will remind you to use your herbs
daily. For some people this is more convenient as you can have
herbs grow year round. Starting an herb garden indoors is
also ideal for first time growers and people with very little
space as they can be placed on windowsills to allow the most
sunlight to your herbs. Unfortunately, you will be limited to the
amount of herbs you can
Having an indoor or a small patch of ground outside makes a great
herb garden for children.
There are so many different varieties of herbs now available that
it can be difficult to decide which ones are the best to grow. If
you are a cook that likes to experiment and try different flavors
then starting an herb garden is a great idea.
There are several herbs, which are very popular and work well
when starting herb garden. Experiment by growing different herbs
and see which becomes a favorite. Here are a few common herbs you
Basil is one of the
favorite herbs to use; it grows very easily and can be used in
many dishes or as a great garnish. Basil needs a lot of sunlight
to flourish so pick a very sunny spot away from the cold.
Another great herb is parsley it is one of the most nutritious herbs and can be used in virtually every recipe. It has a mild and savory taste and is excellent for digestion problems; parsley grows very well indoors and likes to be sheltered in very sunny areas.
Dill is a popular herb,
which has aromatic spice with a slightly sour flavor. It is suited
to dishes that require savory yet subtle spice, dill grows well in
sunny sheltered positions. It is fast growing and very easy to
Mint is a fantastic herb
to grow it can be used in several different dishes and drinks and
is very easy to grow. It looks after itself and doesn't need much
care or attention to make it flourish.
Chives are very similar
to onions in taste and they are a great substitute for your
cooking, you can use every part of this herb making them very
versatile. Chives grow well in full sunlight and in well-drained
You can buy an herb garden kit to make
it easier to start your herbs.
Wherever you decide to have your herb garden you will need to
care for it to enable the herbs to grow well. The herbs will
require just the right amount of water and must not be over
watered; the soil should be moist and not damp.
Timing is everything when it comes to picking your herbs; you need to ensure that you do this at the correct time. If you pick them too early then they won't be at their prime, and too late and they would have spoiled.
Picking herbs when you need them is great and one of the main reasons for starting herb garden. You can decide which ones you need and simply pick off however much you need for your meal.
If you wish to dry the herbs
then they will need to be picked when they are freshest, this will
lock the most amount of flavor into the leaves. It is better to
pick the young leaves several times throughout the season, rather
than wait for them all to be mature. Pick your herbs before they
flower, bundle bunches of herbs together and allow to dry upside
down or flat for several weeks. Herbs are dry when the leaves are
brittle and easily break to pieces. If drying flat, turn every few
days to ensure all leaves are drying equally.
When ready to use your dried herbs, crush herbs with a mortar or
pestle or place them in a baggie and crush with a rolling pin.
Store in a cool, dry place-not next to the stove.
You can also freeze fresh herbs.
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