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Basic Herbs to Start Your Herb Garden

Updated on November 24, 2014

Sage Plant

This is a sage plant I started from one seed.  It grew to over 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
This is a sage plant I started from one seed. It grew to over 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. | Source

Easy Growing Herb Plants

If you like to cook, you know herbs can make any dish taste better, so why not start your own herb garden? When it comes to herbs, you can grow them outside, or you can grow your herb garden indoors (container gardening) where you’ll have easy access to your herbs while your cooking. To start your herb garden, here are five herbs that are frequently used and easy to grow. Some herbs are even frost hardy. Most of them are open pollinated which means they will reseed themselves. One plant could end up taking over 4 x 4 plot in just several years. Many cooking herbs also have some medicinal benefits as well.

Grow Basil

With the many types of basil, this fragrant herb can satisfy any dish. Basil is known as the main ingredient in pesto, but some other types of basil can impart anise, lemon, mint, cinnamon, or clove flavors to foods. There is also some spicy basils that can add some "hot" to your dish. To grow basil, you want to plant it in full sun such as in flowerbeds and container gardens. There is also "Holy Basil" which is used in Hindu worship. The most popular herb. Basil is offered in a wide spectrum of flavors and colors. Most popular ingredient in many ethnic cuisines — notably Italian pesto and Thai dishes. Some varieties are also used as cut flowers

Cook with Chives

Chive blossoms are not just an herb that’s good to cook with, but they are also pretty enough to plant in a perennial border in your outdoor garden! You can harvest the chive herbs to add onion flavor to dishes. Chives grow best in sunny, well-drained sites, and also thrive in container gardens. Chives have an onion flavor. Green, thin leaves are a basic cooking herb, while the beautiful globe-shaped blooms are used as a garnish that can be eaten. Chives also do well in containers. Chives are usually ready to harvest in 70 days. AS with most herbs, chives have many health benefits.

Dill! Not Just for Pickles!!

This herb is filled with a tangy flavor that tastes much like pungent pickles. As you grow this herb, harvest the leaves as needed, the flowers as they open, and the seeds just they ripen. This herb needs to grow in full sun. If some seeds are allowed to ripen on the plant, it will self seed and seedlings will appear in the your herb garden the next year. I like to fill a bag with dill seeds and use it as an air freshener. They have a clean, fresh and exhilarating smell. Easy to grow, dill provides both seeds and greens to flavor many foods. It is a popular addition to sauces. And, of course, a necessity for making dill pickles. The green leafs are known as dill weed. Dill seeds are considered to be a remedy for gas/farting.

Use Fennel!

Fennel’s texture closely resembles that of dill leaves. This easy-growing herb comes in green or bronze varieties, and can also be added to your outdoor garden as a perennial border to give it a soft look. This herb adds a nutty version of anise to your dish. Feathery looking leaves with a sweet flavor. Does not form a bulb. Foliage is a nice addition to salads, cole slaw, and dressings. Seeds are used in baking. Fennel seeds are used in teas and oil extractions as a food aid for digestion.

Make sure you do not confuse this with the bulb type fennel which is a vegetable.

Keep the Vampires Away!

This herb is used in cooking and in medicines (and can ward off vampires...just kidding). Garlic grows in full sun or part shade. To grow garlic, plant cloves of garlic in late summer and mulch over the winter in order to harvest them the following summer. These have to be grown from a bulb and not seed. Usually the bulbs you buy at the store have been treated so they will not grow. You will have to get these from a nursery or mail order store.

You take the bulb and separate the cloves from it. Then each clove is planted. The greens produced are also good for cooking.

With these five easy-to-grow herbs, hopefully you can get your herb garden started and enjoy cooking with freshly grown herbs right from your very own herb garden!

This hub is sponsored by David's Garden Seeds and Products.


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