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 fun!

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

  • Sweet Basil: Leaves are bright green to purple, smooth or crinkled. Good in salads and tomato dishes. A tasty way to learn about herb gardening!

  • Parsley: 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: Grow 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.

  • Nasturtium:  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 insects.

  • Dill: Bluish-green stems, with finely divided yellow-green foliage. A little dill goes a long way! Used for flavoring fish, chicken, and pickles.

  • Fennel: 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

  • Chives: 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 onions.

  • Sweet 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 flavor  sausage.

  • Oregano: A low, mint-like plant and flowers in shades of pink and purple. Fine flavoring for spicy foods. Great for pizza!

  • Mints: 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.

  • Sage: An 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.

  • Thyme: Creeping 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 new taste!

  • Rosemary: 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!


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