Herbs Every Gardener Should Grow

by Luke Whittaker

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herbs to cook or heal with, you will benefit from cultivating your own collection.

An herb garden is aesthetically pleasing and will save you money in the long run.

If you want to grow your own herbs, there are some essentials you should begin with.

It’s best to start with what you use the most.

You can expand your collection as you become familiar with the art of growing the plants.

Parsley

Parsley is one of the major staples in the herb world.

You can grow the curly-leaf or flat-leaf varieties, but the Italian flat-leaved parsley is often considered more flavorful.

Parsley is easy to grow and care for, and it has a variety of uses in cooking and homeopathic medicine.

Because it doesn’t have a substantial shelf life, it’s one of the most indispensable herbs to grow at home. 

Parsley is considered a biennial herb, although some plants have perennial qualities.

It thrives in the sun, and it isn’t adversely affected by rain.

Flat-leaf parsley does well in moist soil that has proper drainage.

As one of the most robust herbs, it is easy to grow from seed, and you can harvest it vigorously without damaging the plant.

All you need to begin is a wide container that will hold the seeds and potting mix.

Basil

If you have ever prepared an Italian dish, chances are you’ve experimented with basil.

This aromatic plant is used in countless recipes, and there are numerous varieties, each with a distinctive flavor.

Italian basil sees the most widespread use in cooking.

The essential oils in this basil make it ideal for preparing fresh, wholesome dishes.

Because it can be pricey at the supermarket, basil is a must for any herb garden.

You’ll need to plant basil every year, but the seeds are inexpensive and easy to grow.

Basil prospers in the sunlight and well-drained soil.

It grows rapidly, so you may need to trim the growth regularly.

If you live in an area that experiences a change in seasons, your basil plant will begin to die once the cold weather sets in.

However, you can continue to cultivate the plant indoors

Basil is loaded with antioxidants, and it is heart-healthy.

Fresh Italian basil complements an assortment of foods as well.

Because there are so many unique varieties, you can create an entire garden focusing solely on basil.

The colorful leaves of the different plants would also add to any ornamental herb garden.

It’s an ideal herb for beginners to grow because it’s low-maintenance and provides endless cooking possibilities. 

Thyme

Like many other herbs, thyme comes in a large assortment of flavors.

This is one of the main benefits to growing your own.

Supermarkets typically only provide two or three varieties.

Thyme is a vital herb for any cook because it’s easy to work with.

Even the most basic recipe may include this pungent herb.

Most people use dried thyme when cooking, but fresh sprigs can be used to flavor soups, sauces and marinades. 

Because thyme is a perennial, it will die back at the end of the growing season and reappear the next year.

The plant spreads across the ground, but it will not invade your other greenery.

Thyme grows well in most conditions but does best in full sun and sandy soil.

It requires very little fertilization and can thrive in rocky terrain.

The flowers of each plant are usually vivid and colorful, so thyme makes a beautiful border for a garden as well.

Mint

When it comes to sweet herbs, mint is superior.

It can be used in sweet or savory dishes, and it’s ideal for flavoring tea.

Mint plants come in many flavors such as chocolate, spearmint, peppermint, apple and banana.

As one of the healthiest herbs you can consume, mint provides a number of benefits.

It aids in digestion, soothes headaches, eases asthma, and clears up the skin. 

Growing mint is fairly easy, but you’ll need to plant it in a pot or some other wide container.

Mint spreads rapidly across the surface of the soil, and it will usually invade other plants in the garden.

You can plant the herb in an area that receives partial sun, but make sure the soil is light and drains easily.

Mint is extremely hearty and will keep coming back year after year. 

Successfully growing your own herbs takes some practice and knowledge.

Final Thoughts…

You should familiarize yourself with the habits and costs of each plant you’re interested in.

Typically, perennials provide the greatest economic payoff because of their growth patterns.

Regardless of how elaborate you want your herb garden to be, if you begin with the basics, you may be surprised at how quickly you become an expert herbalist.

Luke Whittaker

Luke is the Co-Founder of  INSTALL-IT-DIRECT, Venuelust.comEstate Weddings and Events, & YourNorthCounty.com. When Luke is not working on his businesses, his second passions are in health, education(obsessed with learning) and traveling the world(life is too short to remain idle). His favorite destinations to date are Laos, Croatia, South Africa & Sri Lanka. New Zealand is next on the list...Follow him on Google+Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.

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