Grow your own Kitchen Herb Garden!
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This can be in your backyard, or even on your patio in pots, if needed!
Most herbs love full sun, so be sure to plant your garden in a sunny location.
My Favorite Herbs:
Basil- Big, Leafy, and Green...incredibly aromatic, fresh with a hint of minty, licorice, anise flavor. Use in Pasta dishes, Egg dishes, fabulous with tomatoes and cream cheese, or just by itself. Blend with Olive Oil, Pinenuts & Garlic to get Pesto.. (see recipe click here) Grow in semi-wet conditions, keep soil moist; full sun or partial shade.
Chives- the little onion flavored herb. Easy to grow, perennial...it spreads out big, so make sure plenty of room to grow! Try to cut them off at the base, before the purple flower shows up; once the flower is there the stalk is too tough to eat. You can cut them down and they re-grow for an ample harvest into winter. Chives can be refrigerated in baggies, or frozen, to save. Use in eggs, potato dishes, sauces and more.
Feverfew- is not usually a culinary herb, although it can be steeped in tea. It is typically used in herbal medicine to reduce fevers, thus the name. I grow it, harvest, dry, and store in bags for use in the flu-season.
Oregano! Wow! What used to be my least favorite herb, has become one of my favorites! But there is a trick! There are many other herbs being sold as Oregano (from Turkey & Spain usually), but they are really a version of Marjoram with little flavor and no medicinal quality. TRUE OREGANO, will have a very strong flavor that will nearly burn your tongue when tasted...be sure to check your product if you buy at a farmer's market! Oregano is a powerful anti-bacterial. Essentials oils sell for $22/oz or more. I harvest, dry, and store for overwinter and medicinal use. Also, it is wonderful in pasta and heavy-meaty dishes. Oregano spreads out into a bush..so be sure to leave at least a 3-4'section for this to expand.
Mint- a delightful summertime herb! Use in iced teas, water, muffins, cookies, frostings, and more! Rub on your skin to repel mosquitoes, too!
Rosemary- Oh, my heart belongs to Rosemary <3. This beauty will get up to 4'tall, so plant near the rear of the garden. It will not overwinter well in cold zones, but I cannot bear to let it die. I uproot mine fully and plant in a large pot that comes in the kitchen for the winter! My favorite snack is Rosemary with Brie on a cracker. It is heaven with a glass of vino! Otherwise, it goes in almost every beef and chicken dish that I make; along with my Chicken Soup...I cannot go without the hint of Rosemary!
Thyme- there are many different types, I prefer Lemon. This grows out low and spreads in a bushy fashion. I have even used it outside of the garden in areas where grass will not grow...it is steppable! And edible! Fabulous in soups, salads, on sandwiches, in biscuits, and more...