The easiest herbs to grow – tips to get you started
Are you looking for the easiest herbs to grow? If you are looking to start your first herb garden or just fill in gaps it is always a great idea to add some common easy to grow herbs. We all love beautiful rare herbs but there is something to be said for the classics anyone can grow and keep alive. Here are some of the easiest herbs to grow that anyone can enjoy in their herb garden.
Basil is a kitchen favourite used for everything from pizza to fresh pesto. Basil can grow large and stalky making it a great addition to the garden but it also grows well in a potted garden in a sunny window.
Oregano is a great herb to have on. One that can help boost the immune system making it a great addition to your favourite foods. This herb loves the sun and can thrive in your garden or a pot in a sunny window.
Thyme is a hearty herb that holds up well even to neglect. This is one of the best herbs for beginners and those that struggle with keeping plants alive.
Rosemary is another hardy plant known for holding up well to being forgotten. It is perfect for flavouring savoury dishes and tender hearty stews.
Parsley has a delicate flavour perfect for adding to savoury dishes, soup, and mashed potatoes. Fresh parsley has more flavour and is incredibly easy to grow in your garden or a flower pot. If you are a fan of parsley you will love having it in your garden.
Mint is a favourite herb of many perfect for sweet desserts and summer drinks. Mint grows easily and can provide plenty of great fragrant and flavorful leaves all summer long. Mint loves to spread quickly and can take over so be sure to plant them in a well-contained area or keep potted to stop them from creeping into places you don’t want mint growing.
Now we have had a look at the easiest herbs to grow let’s have a peek at
Rare herbs worth growing
Want a spectacular herb garden and would like to add something a bit different than the popular easy to grow herbs everyone else has? Check out these rare herbs that can be a special pop to your garden and your kitchen.
Marshmallow this herb is where the original marshmallow evolved from. An Egyptian delicacy you can grow right in your own backyard. the roots and leaves can be eaten as a vegetable and pairs well fried with onion and garlic.
Aka Hon Chirimen Shiso (Perilla) is a beautiful deep red herb grown in Japan for the oil made from its seeds and for its deep red colour that makes a great red and pink dye for foods. The deep red leaves can be used in fresh salads.
More rare herbs worthy of your garden
Sorrel is a great leafy herb that can be used in fresh spring salads. It is a perennial that pops up early in the season ready to eat long before other plants are even in the ground. This makes a great edging for your landscape that can provide your family food at the same time.
Stevia is a great herb for growing in your own herb garden. Loved for its sweet taste you can grow this at home and use the dried leaves to sweeten drinks in a similar fashion to making tea. Stevia is hard to find and you will need to start it from seed unless you get lucky with a small nursery. It can’t survive the winter outside of zones 8-10 so plan to replant yearly.
Purslane is a great herb to grow in your garden. It adds a beautiful green colour with beautiful delicate leaves that go great in a fresh spring salad. This herb adds a powerful flavour to salads helping change things up a bit from the ordinary and each plant grows and abundance of leaves.
If you don’t have our door space you may want to have a go at growing an indoor herb garden. If you do here are some useful tips
How to grow an indoor herb garden
Growing an indoor herb garden gives you a great advantage of fresh herbs to cook with year round. Indoor herb gardens can range from small potted herbs to fancy devices designed to hold plants grown with hydroponics and grow lights. Anyone can grow an indoor herb garden.
The type of herb garden you need will depend on where you live. If you get sunshine through your window you can usually get away with simple pots of herbs in your home. If you do not have a steady stream of light or live in an area where the sun often does not shine each day you will want to choose a set up that includes a grow light.
How to choose your herbs
Chose herbs you love to use often. Don’t take up space in your indoor herb garden with herbs you do not like to use. To help you decide what to grow, take a look at the herb jars in your kitchen. Which herbs do you have to replace the most often after using them up? These will be the best herbs for you to grow in your indoor herb garden.
You will need to feed your indoor herb garden to help it thrive. Just like the garden outside it will need food to thrive. Indoor gardens tent to deplete soil faster than gardens that have access to the soil in the ground and can dig roots deeper to reach what they need. Plant food, compost, and hydroponic fertilizer are all great options to provide your herbs with everything they need.
Indoor plants have less room to grow and can become root bound easy. Repotting can save a plant that has outgrown it home. To help your plant last in the same pot longer be sure to trim your herbs often. Using them regularly in your cooking will help keep them trimmed and thriving.
So I do hope this post on the easiest herbs to grow has given you lots of food for thought and you ha are raring to get started. It can be so cost effective to grow your own herbs and of course, you can use them in your DIY beauty, Have a look at my post on the best herbs for anti-ageing and thrifty tips for your family garden to get even more inspired
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