Herb Gardening

herb-gardening

Herb gardening is becoming more and more popular every day, and for a good reason. Herbs have practical value, serve a purpose, and with herb gardening you can actually use your plants. When most people think of herb gardening they automatically think of cooking, but herbs are also grown for their pleasant aroma and their beauty.

One important part of herb gardening is drying the herbs for use during the winter months, especially if you plan on cooking with them. First the tops of leafy herbs have to be cut, washed, and hung up for the water to evaporate. Then, tie stems together and hang up in a paper bag to dry. After two to three weeks they must be removed; crumble the leaves, dry them out in the oven, and store in a glass jar.

dark-opal

One of the most common herbs gown in herb gardening is basil. “Dark Opal” and regular green basil are beautiful additions to any garden and often used as decoration. Dark Opal has light pink flowers and dark red leaves. Basil isn’t just used for its looks; it is used for extra flavor in tomato juices and pastes.

chives

Chives are very petite looking and resemble a blade of grass. They are much stronger than they look, however, and will grow well through a drought and a drought. Their toughness and sturdiness makes Chives a perfect plant for herb gardening, especially if the gardener doesn’t want plants that require a lot of hassle. Chives are good used in salads, egg dishes, and many different sauces.

mint

Mint is also very simple to grow and is good to use in mint jelly, mint juleps, lemonade, and any other kind of fruity drink. Mint is also good in herb gardening for its unique minty smell. Two herbs that appear in nearly everyone’s herb garden are thyme and sage. Both of these herb gardening favorites are used for flavoring soups, chicken, turkey, pork, and other sausages. Sage is also grown sometimes for its beautiful blue spiked flowers.

lavender

Lavender is probably the best smelling herb in all of herb gardening and is often used in candles, as a perfume scent, and to improve the smell in linen chests. The light purple flowers smell absolutely lovely.

Other types of herbs often grown in herb gardening include borage (used in salads), chervil (used in egg dishes), sweet marjoram (flavors lamb, fish, salad, and soup), sesame (flavors crackers, cookies, and bread), and dill (flavors meats and used in pickles). Herb gardening allows gardeners to use herbs from their own garden for cooking, looks, and smell. Herb gardening will produce much fresher herbs with more flavor than store-bought herbs, and are a lot cheaper.

Photo Credit: Dark Opal , Chives , Mint , Lavender

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3 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    all about the rosemary : )

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    Jay said,

    I LOVE your site. It is exactly what I have been looking for. We have a very big back and fron yard. We planted vegetables and fruit in some areas of the back, at the front I tries marigolds, sunflowers and some ccreepers that bloom at night. I am not a great gardner but I want it to look good. I pulled out everything that I planted last year now that the initial frost has taken its toll. Now I am going to have a try at landscaping properly (baby steps). I will also be turning one of the vegetable patches into an herb garden. I really want thyme (european) because I have planted it b4 and it is very useful but can’t find that type here (NC). Thanks again.

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    Shakeel said,

    Loved the site, am going to read it all the way.

    On herbs, I got some seeds at a supermarket recently, Basil shoots are coming up nicely, but Dill and Parsley seem to have disappeared.

    Know on any good online place in Malaysia where I can get some seeds for other herbs, any good books that you knopw of?

    Cheers


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