Top Tips to Start Your Herb Garden
Fragrant rosemary, sweet sage, and savory cilantro - all these herbs can be used to craft delicious dishes, and though you can buy them at the grocery store or farmer's market, you can get even more mileage out of your outdoor area by crafting your own herb garden. If the prospect of growing an herb garden has appealed to you in the past, but you simply don't know how to get started, never fear - keeping just a few things in mind can help you quickly and easily get an herb garden started right now that will give you delicious herbs throughout the spring and summer seasons.
First things first - how will your garden grow? While you can certainly craft your herb garden in a patch of land or around your other fruits and veggies, there are plenty of other ways to start an herb garden. Planters placed around your outdoor kitchen allow you easy access to your herbs as you cook delicious dishes right on the grill. Place multiple types of herbs in large planters, or arrange smaller planters to grow your herbs. In addition to being functional, they can be an attractive addition to your outdoor space.
When it comes time to choose the herbs to grow in your garden, keep in mind that your first priority should be choosing herbs that are suited for your climate and that suit your growing style. Some herbs are simple to grow and care for while others require a little bit more time and effort.
A great basic herb that will get you a lot of use is rosemary. An especially simple plant to get started, rosemary can be purchased and planted as a small shrub. Choose a few to place in planters around your outdoor area. Not only are they beautiful in appearance, but their fragrant aroma will help add atmosphere to your space (and can even help repel insects). Rosemary is especially great for those attempting to create an Italian or Tuscan inspired atmosphere in their outdoor living space.
Another great option, especially for an outdoor space, is to choose the plants that you will use most often in grilling. Basil, oregano, parsley, cilantro, and dill can be used with multiple types of meats ranging from beef, pork, and chicken to a variety of fish dishes. Additionally, these herbs pull double-duty in your kitchen. Be sure to collect as much of them as you can and to dry what you don't use immediately for use throughout the cooler months ahead.
While those are the most commonly used (and grown) herbs, don't count out other great options. Lavender is not often thought of as an herb, but it can be used to craft delicious desserts as well as in many types of DIY projects such as perfumes and soaps. It and other flowering herbs such as chamomile can add beauty and fragrance to your herb garden, and will give you more options than you ever thought imaginable when it comes to creating truly unique items with plants grown right in your own garden.