Decorate your outdoors with a beautiful herb garden. Herbs are a great way to add flavor to a dish, while also keeping food fresh and healthy. Growing herbs at home is not only simple, but fun. Check out these easy-to-grow at home herbs.
Basil – Great for pasta sauce recipes! However, basil doesn’t hold up in the cold; start it outdoors from seed only when all threat of frost has passed. Most basils have the best flavor before they bloom.
Chives –Perfect for dips. They do well in sun or partial sun, and their pink or lavender flowers attract butterflies. After plants flower, trim them back to encourage new growth.
Dill – Super for salads. This pretty yellow herb is easy to grow in dry, sunny areas. Unless you harvest all the flowers before they mature, you’ll find that dill self seeds to reappear every year. To be sure you have a constant supply on hand, sow seeds every four weeks during the growing season.
Lavender – Terrific for tea. It thrives in heat and sun but doesn’t like excessive humidity or waterlogged soil. Trim plants after flowering to foster further blooming. The darker the flower, the stronger the aroma and the flavor.
Mint – Great for dessert garnishes. Mint is strong, resilient, and easy to grow. As a result, it’s also vigorously dominant, so consider planting it in pots to curtail unruly growth. Watch for escapees into the garden if you grow it in a pot; vigorous mint roots wherever a stem touches the soil.
Oregano – Good for salad dressings. It grows well even in poor soil, and you can put it in a bed or in a window container as part of an in-house living spice rack. Pinch flowers from the stems to promote healthier growing.
Rosemary – Great for rosemary bread. This evergreen prefers a hot, dry growing environment. In warm winter climates, rosemary can grow outside year-round, but bring it inside in the cold months. Surround rosemary plants with gravel mulch to ensure soil does not become too wet.
Sage – Perfect for sauces. It can sometimes be slow to start from seed, so consider sowing indoors and then transplanting outside. If you let sage bloom, cut back only to beneath where buds formed. If you cut back to the woody stem, the plants may not come back.
Other easy herbs to plant and grow are:
In Atlanta, check out the Atlanta Botanical Gardens “Edible Garden” where visitors are able to see and taste firsthand how delicious it is to pick not only herbs, but fruits and vegetables, right out of the garden and turn them into fantastic dishes.