Learn About Herb Gardening
You can learn about herb gardening
in a snap! Sure, growing an herb garden can be somewhat like science, as with
all gardening. Each herb is different from another and will need individual
care. But overall, one thing you will learn is that herb gardening is easy and
The scope of your herb garden can
range from tiny window boxes or portable greenhouse
kits, to large, elaborate herb garden landscaping. Whatever design you
choose, be sure to give your herb garden full sun and well-drained soil.
For beginning gardeners, the best
way to learn about herb gardening is by starting with familiar plants, then
branch out. To help the learning process, try starting with a basic herb garden
using any of the familiar herbs below. Remember, it's best to keep annual and
perennial herbs separate.
Learn About Herb Gardening with Ideas For An Annual Herb Garden
Leaves are bright green to purple, smooth or crinkled. Good in salads and
tomato dishes. A tasty way to learn about herb gardening!
Leaves are crinkled or smooth. Bushy, low-growing foliage makes it useful in
an herb garden as an edging plant. Parsley sprigs are used as a garnish,
adding color to special dishes.
garlic in you herb garden from bulbs bought in nurseries or at the
supermarket. One bulb, broken into individual cloves, will launch an entire
home herb garden. An excellent flavor for breads, tomato dishes, and stews.
Grows quickly, with beautiful flowers of golden orange. The leaves can
be used to serve cottage cheese and salad dishes, as well as the flowers.
When used in your herb garden, its odd scent may discourage damaging
stems, with finely divided yellow-green foliage. A little dill goes a long
way! Used for flavoring fish, chicken, and pickles.
Fennel's graceful yellow flowers adds color to an herb garden. Use fresh
fennel leaves on salads. Also use for flavoring fish such as herring,
mackerel and pike.
Learn About Herb Gardening With Ideas For A Perennial Herb Garden
Onion-like foliage with dainty rose-purple blossoms; blooms early in the
season. Pretty as a border plant, they have a more delicate flavor than
Marjoram: A low, mint-like plant. Very fragrant flowers for your
herb garden, and the leaves are good in salads and oil dressings. Also great
cooked with lamb. Add them to a pot of cooked peas and bean, or use to
low, mint-like plant and flowers in shades of pink and purple. Fine
flavoring for spicy foods. Great for pizza!
Different sorts are flavored like spearmint, peppermint, orange or citrus,
apple and many others. Use the essential oils for cold remedies, or brew
fresh leaves for tasty drinks such as mint juleps or tea.
uninspiring herb to look at in your herb garden, sage makes up for it with a
bold, masterful flavor. Use as a poultry dressing or with pork in sausage.
Some dwarf forms can be ornamental.
plants with small leaves that come in many colors and flavors. Thyme has a
sharp, bittersweet flavor that adds spark to stews, salads, soups and meats.
Thyme in your herb garden will attract bees... which gives the bees' honey a
Attractive in any herb garden with green needle-like evergreen foliage.
Plants are not winter-hardy so must be brought inside in winter. The
rosemary leaves have a piney taste that are used with meat dishes,
particularly lamb or pork.
The best way to
learn about herb gardening is to give it a go by starting a basic herb
garden. Choose an herb or two you're sure to enjoy... you'll have a new
hobby for years to come!