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Easy Herbs to Grow in Your Garden!

Growing herbs is a fun and rewarding hobby. Once the herb blossom in your garden, you can take a small snippet and add them to your favorite dishes. The flavors will always be garden-fresh, and you can save the cost and hassle of having to go to the supermarket every time you need fresh ingredients.

Here are some of the best herbs that you can add to your Garden.

1. Thyme
Thyme is very hardy, and typically pairs well with other herbs such as parsley, onions, garlic and more! It grows low to the ground, making it an exceptional ground cover as well. Thyme is great for summer grilling, or you may freeze some of the leaves and save them for winter stews. Simply chop off the fresh or dried thyme leaves and rub them into meats, poultry or vegetables. Thyme prefers areas that are sunny but allow partial shade and they typically grown between 6” to 12” in height.

2. Sage
Sage can be planted in the early spring, and the dried leaves are great for flavoring meats, poultry and eggs. The perk to planting sage is that it can grow quite extensively over the years, leading to a good mini-crop that you can share with family, friends and neighbors. For the best results, plant sage in sunny, moist conditions.

3. Tarragon
This French herb is great for seasoning fish, chicken, seafood, egg dishes and so much more! Tarragon is a bold herb, and it’s a good addition to the garden since it tolerates drought and is low maintenance. This hardy plant prefers an area with sun and partial shade. Tarragon will usually grown between 18-24” in height.

4. Chives
You’ve probably tasted plenty of foods seasoned with chives, but did you know that this herb also sprouts pretty pink-purple spring flowers that are also edible? Dried or fresh chives make tasty additions to an array of meals such as fish, soup, potatoes and vegetable dishes. Chives are grassy and form clumps, so they fill out herb gardens nicely. Chives are a fairly hardy plant and will grow best in a sunny area with partial shade. Typically this plant will grow between 12”-18” in height and 4”-8” in width.

5. Lemon Balm
Did you know that Lemon balm is part of the mint family? It easy to grow, has a nice shape and a vibrant green hue. There aren’t as many uses for this herb in foods, but it does taste refreshing when the leaves are steeped in hot water. You can also break off a leaf and smell the lemon zesty aroma for a quick mental boost. While this plant is fairly low maintenance, it does best when it is grown in a sunny area with the option of partial shade during the afternoon. Lemon Balm usually grown between 18”-28” in height and can grown between 2”-4” in width.

6. Oregano
Oregano has a variety of uses and health benefits, but it is typically used in greek-style dishes. This plant is quite hardy and will thrive best in warm, sunny spots. Oregano typically grows between 8”-24” in height and covers the ground. It is suggested that if you plant a number of oregano plants to put at least 12” of spacing between them.

7. Basil
Basil is one the most popular herbs because it’s so tasty and can be added to almost any dish whether it is dried or fresh from the garden.  Basil is very frost sensitive but it can be grown annually; inside or outdoors. It grows best being in full sun in the morning and then switching to a shady area in the afternoon when it is the hottest. Typically Basil will grow anywhere between 24” to 30” in height and 12”-18” in width.

8. Parsley
Parsley has many uses in the kitchen! Not only is it a natural anti-bacterial remedy, but it makes a tasty addition to spice up almost any veggie dish! This is a biennial plant, which means it typically takes about two years for the plant to complete its growth cycle. Parsley grows best in a sunny, but partially shaded area. When planting, it is best to space them out anywhere between 12”-18”.

9. Rosemary
Rosemary is one of those herbs that has such a pungent aroma! In addition to its natural uses, fresh or dried Rosemary provides a tasty compliment to fish, lamb, and chicken. This is one the easiest herbs to grow because it is so hardy. It loves sun or shade and will grow in any soil, provided that the soil  is not too wet. Rosemary is a vigorous grower and can be trimmed in June or July to keep it in shape and stop it getting too woody. It typically grows between 30”-60” in height and it is recommended that you space the plants about 18” apart.

10. Peppermint
Peppermint usually makes a healthy, refreshing addition to some of our “not so healthy” foods like desserts and an assortment of beverages. This plant typically grows between 6”-12”, but keep in mind that mint spreads easily.  So, we suggest that you plant it in pots to contain the roots and stop it taking over.

These are just a few of the many herbs that you can add to your garden. As you experiment with new herbs, you can discover the flavors and aromas that suit your taste buds.

 

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