Whether you want to grow a kitchen herb garden as a hobby or to save money or just for healthier eating, there are plenty of herbs you can grow in your backyard, on your patio, or even on your windowsill. Fresh herbs make recipes taste even better and are great to have around for soups, stews, and salads.
In picking a place to grow your herbs, keep in mind that they need a good four to six hours of sun daily. There are many herbs that you can grow to enhance your cooking.
When you plant a kitchen garden, don’t only plant the herbs you know, take a chance on something else. .
10 of the best herbs to grow in your garden
Find out how to grow herbs at home and which herb plants are best for herb gardens. High levels of sunlight is particularly important for obtaining good herb flavour, and so herbs should be planted in the best lit area of the garden. Getty ImagesHow to grow...A particularly robust herb, fennel will grow well in any garden soil, providing it is placed in a sunny spot.
PARSLEY - Petroselinum crispumOne of the most popular herbs in British cooking, parsley is an absolute must to grow in your garden. Its variegated (green and white) and purple forms, make excellent sources of colour for a herb garden, and can double as an ornamental boarder. .
The 12 easiest herbs to grow for the first time
If you’re looking for recommendations to get you started, here are the twelve easiest herbs to grow. One of the best things about opting to grow herbs is their versatility. If you want to grow plants indoors germinate seeds or buy starter plants from the nursery.
Difficult herbs to growOn the flip side, if you’re just starting out growing herbs, rosemary and lavender are some of the most difficult ones to grow. Overall, most types are easy to grow but the above twelve are the easiest herbs to grow.
10 Must Have Culinary Herbs for the Garden
Francois De Heel / Getty ImagesDill makes an impressive herb for the culinary garden. What's nice about dill is that you don't have to wait for it to flower to enjoy the flavor. Cutting back the leaves gives a much larger harvest in a smaller space. Harvest it as much as possible, while still leaving it in place for the caterpillars. Grow at least a few plants of dill in your culinary herb garden. .
Herb Garden - Growing Herbs
An urban herb garden, planted in a raised bed with a free-draining soil blend that herbs love. An urban herb garden, planted in a raised bed with a free-draining soil blend that herbs love. Where to Plant Most herbs thrive in typical garden soil, as long as it has good drainage. If your garden soil is heavy, grow these herbs in raised beds or planters. Growing Herbs in Pots and PlantersBy growing herbs in pots and planters, you can grow tender perennials, such as rosemary and flowering sages year-round. .
10 Medicinal Herbs for the Garden
Passionflower is a short-lived, perennial herb that will clamber gregariously over arbors and fences. If you live in a hot climate, consider planting passionflower where it will receive some shade by mid-afternoon.
Be patient, sometimes it may take months for passionflower seeds to sprout, and germination may not happen all at once. The stems, leaves, and flowers can all be gathered for medicine, and used fresh or dried in tea or tincture form.
See my articles on The Ecology and Medicine of Passionflower, and Saving Passionflower Seeds. .
How to Successfully Grow Your Kitchen Herb Garden
If you live in a cooler climate, plant bay in a pot that you can bring indoors. Look for Laurus nobilis bay trees, which are the only varieties that have edible leaves. Growing bay trees from seed can be difficult, so it’s best to pick up a small plant from a nursery.
Bay trees like full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. Or, dry leaves for future use. .
6 Essentials to an Indoor Herb Garden
6 Essentials to an Indoor Herb GardenThe only thing better than fresh herbs is growing and harvesting your own fresh herbs. An indoor herb garden is easy to put together when you know what to do.
When purchasing a new herb plant, check it thoroughly. This will ensure that your herb plants won’t be blasted by some freak snowstorm. With those tips, you’ll have your indoor herb garden going in no time.