Freshly picked garden herbs can transform our cooking. They are the perfect additions to make our recipes flavorful and fragrant. For cooking enthusiasts and food connoisseurs, nothing tastes better than fresh herbs. We all know that the best way to get fresh herbs is to grow them ourselves. If you haven’t done so, then it’s high time to make use of your garden containers and learn how to grow herbs for yourself.
Learning how to grow herbs is fun. It is not as complicated as you think it is because most herbs thrive well indoors; just as well as they do when they are placed outside. Another exciting prospect of growing herbs is that they can be grown in containers. And you don’t even have to buy garden containers, you can use those empty jam jars in your kitchen.
Garden herbs that are easiest to grow
Below are some of your favorite herbs that are surprisingly easy to propagate:
- Basil – Our favorite ingredient for pesto comes in a variety of flavors – lemon, mint, anise, cinnamon, and clove. Basil loves the sun and can be grown in garden containers or tucked into flowerbeds.
- Chives – Chives grow well in containers but also look nice when planted as borders to garden beds. They grow well in sunny, well-drained areas. We love chives for the mild onion flavor it lends our dishes. This herbs self-seeds quickly so it is best to remove its wilted pom-pom blooms.
- Dill – Dill is probably one of the easiest garden herbs to grow. Dill grows well in areas that are dry and sunny. The plants self-seed so you are assured that they come back year after year. Dill’s tangy flavor makes it a favorite seasoning for a wide range of food – from soups to egg dishes.
- Fennel – Plant fennel in a sunny spot where its flowers can interlace with other plants or ornamental grasses. Aside from giving your food a soft, nutty flavor it also dresses up your garden with its graceful and elegant leaves.
- Lemon Balm – This herb is easy to maintain, thrives in garden containers or beds, and loves the sun. Its attractive foliage also makes this herb a lovely container plant and the delightful lemony scent it releases when brushed makes it perfect in patios as well as near garden benches.
- Mint – Mint can tolerate full exposure to sun but thrives better in partial shade. Mint spreads rapidly and is best placed in containers or in bounded areas such as a parking strip. Just like lemon balm, placing mint near benches or paths allows you to smell its pleasant fragrance.
- Rosemary – The secret on how to grow herbs like rosemary is to place them in hot, dry footing. That simply means to plant them in a raised bed or in a well-drained surrounded with gravel mulch.
- Parsley – You can grow parsley in uniformly moist, well-drained soil, in beds or in containers, and either in full sun or partial shade. Once this plant stabilizes, you can enjoy it in no time.
Additional tips on how to grow herbs
- In order to encourage new growth, habitually pinch 2-3 inches from the tip of the stem. This will help keep your herbs lush and thick.
- Avert weeds from growing in your herbs by using organic mulch but make sure to keep it at a distance from the plants’ crown.
- Never use fresh manure on garden herbs. Composting it first can eradicate the likelihood of scattering harmful bacteria to your plants.
Ideas for garden containers
Containers for garden herbs need not be expensive. You can use old jars and baskets to create a unique look. Even an old barrel or a repurposed stock pot makes a quaint herb planter. Your herb garden can be a showcase of your artistic talent so keep your creative juices flowing to create the look you wish for your garden.
The joy of planting garden herbs
Every garden enthusiast knows that it is well worth growing your own herbs in a bed or container, rather than resorting to buying some down at your local grocer. One reason is because herbs are unbelievably easy to grow. Having a fresh supply of fragrant and flavorful herbs right at your fingertips more than compensates for the little time you spend nurturing them. They say a gardener’s work never ends, but in the case of garden herbs it could only mean an endless source of joy and fulfillment.