Starting an herb garden is a must for anyone who cooks. There is something so wonderful about fresh basil in your pizza sauce or fresh rosemary in your special chicken recipe. YUMMY.
You can have herbs growing in containers or you can dedicate an entire area in your flowerbeds for herbs.
Where do you start? Go through your spice rack and decide which ones you use the moste. Here are the common herb garden plants:
Rosemary, chives (I love garlic chives), basil, mint, oregano, dill, parsley and cilantro.
Here is a video on container herb garden:
A note about mint. Boy will it take over, so I highly recommend planting it in a planter box.
Many of the plants listed above are perennials (they will come back year after year) but some are annuals and have to be replanted each year. Check your plant labels or seed packets to find out.
If you are planning on using herbs in food, I highly recommend using organic planting methods and fertilizer like worm castings and
Yes, you can make your own fertilizer by having your very own .
Worms will do all the composting work for you. They will take your produce scraps and turn it into nutrient rich castings which work as a fertilizer, antifungal and insecticide. As a side benefit, worm castings are hydroponic (holds water) which means you will have to water less if you use them in your planting mix.
How to dry herbs video:
Video on freezing herbs:
Who knows how long the bottled versions sit on a shelf. Going fresh is healthier and tastier by far.