When it comes to food, there has been a real push for healthy foods and “clean eating” as of late that has forced people to look more closely at where their food is coming from and how it is being grown and/or processed. This has led many people to look for ways they can grow their own food whether it be fruits, vegetables, or herbs. Herbs are actually very easy items to grow in your garden, and many of them can do well indoors and outdoors, allowing you to enjoy fresh herbs all year round.
If you’re looking to start your first outdoor herb garden this year and just want to start small with some basic easy-to-grow herbs then you will want to read on. Here’s a look at the top four herbs you can grow in your outdoor garden.
When you first look at the lemon verbena plant, it may not look like anything too unique, but it can offer the most incredible and fresh lemon flavoring out there. In fact, it can even compete with fresh lemon where taste and freshness are concerned. This particular plant is frost tolerant and is a perennial, so once you plant it once, it will come back each year. Ideally you want to grow it in a container though so you can bring it indoors during the cold months.
Lemon verbena makes for a fabulous flavoring for all kinds of recipes and dishes, and can even help to give your beverages a fresh flavor. Lemon verbena tea is incredibly popular and is all the more tasty when it contains fresh herbs.
When picking which herbs to grow it’s a good idea to think about what kind of recipes you like to make and the cuisine you eat. Picking herbs that are versatile and used in a wide variety of dishes will ensure you get a lot of use of them. Basil is just that, and is a wonderful addition to various recipes. Again, you can grow this one outdoors in the summer and then bring it inside during the winter months.
Rosemary has a very distinct and lovely flavor that is ideal when paired with chicken, lamb, fish, and wild game. It is also added to various sauces to impart flavor. Rosemary has also been shown to help with relieving pain, neutralizing bad breath, and even helps with indigestion.
If you like to make Greek-style dishes, then you know better than anyone how important oregano is. Of course, it’s not just reserved for Greek cooking, it pops up in all kinds of cuisines. Oregano does best in areas that get full morning sun and then afternoon shade.
Just a Small Look
This is just a small look at the many wonderful herbs you can grow in your own garden. Other popular options include lavender, peppermint, cilantro, parsley, and chives. You can start adding in more plants as you get accustomed to growing your own herb garden.