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The benefits of planting your own herb garden

Updated on January 23, 2016
My herb garden planted in mid April 2010
My herb garden planted in mid April 2010

My wife and I have always enjoyed using spices in our cooking, especially fresh herbs. We find ourselves making several trips to the grocery store in a given week for our favorite herbs. On Easter Sunday, this year, my wife had the idea to start a small raised garden in our back yard and plant just a few of the herbs that we find ourselves using the most. In the following week, she came home with a few bags of potting soil, edging, and starts of our favorites basil, oregano, and thyme and a wildcard, lavender, in biodegradable peat pots. It has been less than 2 months and the herbs are growing rapidly. Just tonight we chopped some fresh basil and oregano for our pasta, and the taste is impecable, not to mention the savings and convenience of walking out your back door and clipping a few leaves, and "viola".

I mentioned earlier about the wildcard being the lavender that my wife planted. I call it a wildcard because when she told me she planted this I was a bit perplexed. I mean, what exactly are we gonna do with lavender? Well as I expected my wife had an answer, of course. Much to my surprise there really are many uses for lavender. Lavender has many culinary uses, including lavender tea, honey, sugar, jelly and cookies. She had me at COOKIES! There are many household uses for lavender as well; such as potpourri and floral arrangements in addition to hanging dried flowers upside down to give off frangrance in areas of your home such as closets. We can't wait until the lavender flowers start to bloom this summer.

Growing your own herb garden is a very simple, fun way to save money while you add flavor to your favorite meals and fragrance to your home. It is a good way to "green" and help the environment. Neither myself or my wife consider ourselves to have a green thumb. If we can grow a herb garden so can you, and we think you should.


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      MaryRenee 7 years ago

      Awesome hub! thanks for sharing! :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We have at the moment growing in our garden the following herbs: chives, garlic chives, rosemary, basil, sage, mint and thyme. In the past we have successfully grown parsley and need to get that planted again. Just had a lavender mix on grilled chicken breasts tonight. Might have to add that to our garden as well!