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Enhance Home Cooking with a Herb Garden

Updated on March 13, 2011

Planning to start cooking at home more frequently? Want to enjoy delicious fresh taste in your favorite recipes? Consider planting your own herb garden so that you'll always have access to the freshest possible flavoring agents for your home cooked meals. You'll save money by growing your own herbs, and you'll also have the benefit of having easy access to exactly what you need any time you need it.

Where to Plant Your Herb Garden

Where you live and how you plan to use the herbs that you grow will impact whether or not you should plant an indoor or outdoor herb garden. If you have a sunny window in your kitchen and you only plan to grow a few plants, an indoor container garden might be best for you.

If you want to grow a wide variety of plants, with several of each type, an outdoor solution might be a better choice. You can plant your herbs directly in the ground, or in patio containers. If you don't have a patch of yard that gets very much sun, containers might be best. That way, you can move the plants around to meet their need for sunshine.

What Herbs to Plant

Take a look at your cooking habits when deciding what types of herbs to plant. If you frequently prepare Italian dishes, basil and oregano are musts. If you enjoy making salsa and other Mexican dishes, plant some cilantro. If you and your family enjoy roast chicken on a regular basis, rosemary just might be something you need to include.

Talk to an employee at the garden center or nursery where you are shopping for seeds and seedlings. Ask for tips and suggestions about which types of plants are likely to flourish in the type of environment where you'll be creating your herb garden. Find out how much care each type of plant you are considering needs, so that you can make an informed decision about which plants best meet your needs.

Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labors

Once you get your herb garden situated and the plants start to grow, you'll have access to fresh herbs at all times. You'll likely be pleasantly surprised by how much of an impact fresh herbs have on the taste of your favorite recipes. You'll probably find yourself selecting dishes to prepare based on what herbs in your garden are ready to clip and use at any given point in time.

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