Herbs, rosemary, sage and thyme are easy to grow and good to cook with.

The Herb - Rosemary.

Photo: the herb rosemary growing in a pot.
Photo: the herb rosemary growing in a pot.

Growing herbs to cook with

Rosemary, thyme and sage are useful herbs for adding extra flavour to meals, fortunately as well as being good to cook with they are also easy to grow.

Growing herbs for cooking, different ways to grow herbs.

You can easily grow herbs and they can form an attractive part of the garden.

Herb Plants can be grown in a separate specialist area of the garden such as a herb bed or in small section of a mixed border.

Rosemary, sage and thyme are also good grow inn a courtyard area where they are easy to maintain and to access for picking. As well as looking good these useful plants add their familiar scent to the air if brushed against or stepped on as the court yard area is used.

Herbs can even be grown in containers and if you garden soil is not suitable for them container growing is a good idea for herbs. You can even grow some herbs in flower pots or in window boxes although the size of rosemary and sage plants make them to large for this to work successfully.

You can grow herbs from seed or buy them ready to transplant, some are even suitable for growing on a sunny windowsill.

Most herbs are hardy as long as you give them the right conditions to grow in .

That means give the plants the right soil and location in the garden. Herb plants would not like to be situated at he back of a shady border. Most herbs prefer to be in a sunny place in the garden, with their roots planted in a free draining soil. Herbs do not like to be in a place where their roots are wet or damp all the time.

the 'leaves ' of the Rosemary plant

photo:   close up of rose mary 'leaves'.
photo: close up of rose mary 'leaves'.

Herbs to grow and cook with...


We have a family joke here -

Someone looked at the Rosemary plant growing in a pot on my window awaiting planting in my garden and said- " Ah, Rosemary for remembrance." as a keen cook my response was -

"No Rosemary for when I cook chicken and roast potatoes."

Where do you plant rosemary in the garden?

  • Like most of the Mediterranean herbs, rosemary needs to grow in full sun.
  • Try to plant it in a sheltered position, it will like a south facing wall.

Rosemary is a shrub with grey-green scented foliage ( the foliage does not look like leaves but helps it to grow in difficult places in the wild as it is less likely to lose moisture than an ordinary leaf shape).

Rosemary plants have pretty blue flowers in spring.

Many dishes are cooked with freshly picked rosemary.

The 'leaves' or sprigs of it can easily be used to add flavour to lamb, chicken and also roast potatoes.

  • How to make rosemary and lemon flavoured roast potatoes.

Try adding sprigs of rosemary and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over your potatoes before you roast them, in olive oil or the oil of your choice.

The Herb Rosemary.

Rosemary: The common variety of Rosemary is the standard type used for cooking and its leaves are rich in the oil that makes rosemary popular. It can grow into a bush that can reach a height of between 2 to 5 feet tall. Its 'leaves' are evergreen and it is a perennial.

Upright rosemary is the traditional one but there are a number of other varieties of rosemary.

Creeping Rosemary :

It can be be used as ground cover or a hedge. This variety looks good drooping over a wall. The spring flowers are pale blue.

Rosemary is also used to produce an essential oil which is mostly extracted from its leaves.

As with all essential oils it should not be used without taking proper advice about its uses and it is said to be one of the essential oils that should not be used by pregnant women.

Rosemary was used in the Past:

Rosemary was used in ancient times for a variety of purposes.

Romans gave special importance to the rosemary plant and used it in religious ceremonies.

Its use extended to wedding ceremonies, cosmetics, food and herbal care.

Rosemary plant and its extract were used in the ancient Egypt as incense.

The Herb Sage.

Sage (salvia Officinalis)

This has grey-green leaves that are almost a velvety texture and has purple flowers in May.

Good to use with rich foods as it aids digestion.

Where to plant sage plants in the garden - Sage plants prefer to be planted -

Sage Plants:

prefer a light, warm, dryish soil with lots of sunshine.

Cut back woody stems in early spring.

If you need to mulch this plant do so in winter.

  • You may need to replace it every 4 to 5 years, you can do so by growing plants from cuttings, taken from the older plant.

  • Sage as well as having a pleasant smell and flavour to us it also attracts bees to the garden.
  • Sage is good for flavouring sausages, sage & onion stuffing, cheese, soups and is used with roast chicken and game.

In the past:

The Romans thought sage was a sacred plant.

Romans also drank sage as a tonic for mind and body.

Rosemary,Sage and Thyme ...

  • Rosemary,Sage, and Thyme were some of the herbs that were taken to New England by the Early Settlers.
  • Rosemary,Sage and Thyme are herb plants that attract bees and so are beneficial to them.
  • You can propagate rosemary, sage, and thyme from cuttings in March (in UK climate).

The Herb Thyme...

The Thyme Plant : Likes a sunny, well-drained position, likes to creep over walls and among rocks it can be planted in places where it will be walked on and sat on .

Care of thyme plants:

Do not feed, trim away any dead flowers & deadwood in older plants

Thyme Leaves and flowers - both are safe to eat.

The plant thyme is used in cooking to flavour food.

Thyme is also used in cosmetics and aromatherapy.

In the Past Times - Thyme :

Was used by Ancient Egyptians in embalming

Roman soldiers bathed in thyme water to renew energy

Rich people in the Middle Ages wore posies of aromatic herbs (including thyme) to ward off disease & bad smells.

the song Scarborough Fair with the words Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

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pjinter 6 years ago from Montreal

Very interesting hub!

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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

thank you Sage for reading and leaving a comment.

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Sage Williams 6 years ago

It's always great to read up on herbs. I enjoyed this hub as it was very informative on planting conditions etc.

Great Job!


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

hello Rose, me too I love picking fresh herbs to add to the meal, rosemary and sage are my favourites. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

I love cooking with fresh herbs; everything just tastes better!

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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

I used to sing that sing to my children when they were small, until they begged me to stop. I really do grow these and use them in my cooking. Thanks for visiting.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great herbs, great music, great hub. Thanks

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