Why You Need To Start A Herb Garden This Summer
In my last post, Everything I Learned My First Year Growing Vegetables , we went over some great advice for starting up your first vegetable garden. Herbs are wonderful because if you do not have the space to grow plants outdoors all you need is a little bit of room on the counter (or table, shelf, ect.) in a spot that gets adequate sunlight. I grew a potted basil plant last spring in my dining room, amongst other herbs that I planted outdoors (sage, chives, and mint).
Herbs are often a lot simpler to grow than vegetables. This makes them a better choice for a beginner gardener who isn't quite sure how green their thumb is. Vegetables can be big commitment, so if you're not quite ready for them herbs are better option to begin with.
Whether you are a beginner or a gardening expert, starting a herb garden (or even just a herb plant) should be something that's on your spring/summer to-do list. Today I am going to go over some of the reasons why you need one.
If you haven't been cooking with fresh herbs you are in for a treat. They add so much flavour and a little really goes a long way. Improve the taste of your dips, marinades, salads, sandwiches, potatoes, sauces ect. with fresh spices. I mean, why add dehydrated oregano to your pizza when you could be grabbing the fresh stuff from your backyard (or kitchen window...wherever your herbs are growing!)
Ok, I understand not cooking with fresh herbs because of the price at the supermarket. Since a little goes a long way, the ones bought from the supermarket often start to go bad before they can be used up. The price of seeds is much less money, and you get way more herb for your dollar. With herb plants you just cut what you need so they stay fresh for longer. Even the pre-started herb plants at the local garden center are quite affordable as well. Do your research on which herbs you choose because many of them are perennial plants, which means they will come back every year. Who wouldn't want fresh herbs to come back every summer?
These little babies are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. (Each herb has it's own benefits that varies from the next) Tasty and healthy, sign me up!
SimplicityI mentioned earlier that herbs are much easier to grow than vegetables. They are low maintenance which makes them a breeze for newbies and people who have had bad luck with growing things in the past. If you're looking for an educational activity or experiment for your children this summer than growing a herb plant might be a good place to start.
If you don't have space to grow a garden outside, herbs can be grown indoors as long as you have a spot where they can catch a bit of sunlight. Make sure they are planted in a pot that is big enough for their roots to grow so the plant can grow to it's full potential. It is also important to make sure the pot drains properly.
Perennial plants are the best kind of plants because you put in the hard work one summer and then they continue to come back every year afterwards with very little work involved. I love a low maintenance plant! The following herbs are what you should plant if you're looking for perennial plants:
- French tarragon
Now that I have you convinced, which herbs do you plan on planting this season? Let me know in the comments below!