Everyone knows that herbs transform the flavor of our food, but many herbs are also easy to grow and provide many amazing environmental and health benefits. They can be grown in containers or the ground, and many can be grown indoors. We love growing herbs in our garden, as well as in our homes!
If you’re planting outdoors, you will want to plant your herbs in early Spring, after the date of the last frost in your area. If you’re planting indoors, near a sunny window is best!
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Take a look at these 9 herbs that we think you should be growing at home:
There are two kinds of parsley, flat leaf and curly. Curly leaf parsley is pretty and often used as garnish. If you’re planting just one, you’ll want to grow flat leaf parsley because of it’s stronger flavor. It can be added to pastas, soups, stews, and fish. Plant it where it will get full sun, although it will tolerate a bit of shade.
Cilantro is popular in many Mexican and Middle Eastern dishes. We love to add it to our guacamole, salsas, and tacos! Cilantro likes full sun or light shade, and will bolt quickly in hot weather, so plant it early in the season or try in late Summer or early Fall.
Basil makes a great addition to any Italian dish! It likes full sun and warm weather, with moist soil. Make sure to pinch off any flowers you see to ensure the leaves keep growing!
Oregano has a zesty, strong flavor and goes well in Italian dishes. It loves full sun and warm weather. Water the soil around Oregano only when it feels dry to the touch.
Thyme is aromatic and can be added to chicken, soups, and fish. It is a small shrub that will come back year after year. It grows to about 12 inches tall and can be pruned in the Spring and Summer to contain the growth.
Chives are a member of the onion family. Try cutting them up and adding them to butter for your rolls, or top your mashed potatoes with them. Chives prefer full sun in cooler weather. They are perennials, so they will come back year after year!
Dill can be used in soups and stews and for pickling. You can add it to cucumber dishes, fish, or potato salad. Plant dill in early Summer in a spot that gets plenty of sun.
Sage is a great herb to add to meat and bean dishes. It flavors Thanksgiving turkeys and stuffing, and makes a great addition to chicken. Sage likes full sun. Water young plants often, but you can slow down to a few times a week once it’s established.
Rosemary is a perennial shrub and is often used in soups, stews, poultry, and lamb. We like to add it to our lemon infused water or fizzy drinks for an added flavor. When planting, give it plenty of space. It can get to be about 4 feet wide and 4 feet tall! It prefers full sun and warm weather.
There you go! 9 herbs that you should most definitely try growing at home.
What are your favorite herbs to grow and how do you use them? Let us know in the comments!
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