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Growing Herbs

Growing Herbs- 6 Easy to Grow Herbs

Growing Herbs

If you enjoy plants and want to try your hand at growing herbs, try growing these 6 easy to grow varieties.





#1 Sage
Sage has woody stems and gray-green leaves with blue or purple flowers. The plant isn’t very particular about its soil and it can survive the winter and pop back up in spring, but the plant gets laggy and weak after the third year. 
Sage
SAGE

  • The first herb you grab at Thanksgiving
  • Pair with dairy, fry with onions & combine in herb seasonings

#2 Chives
A perennial plant and a member of the amaryllis family it has beautiful purple flowers and clumps of hollow, tubular evergreen onion smelling stems. Plant in well-drained soil, rich in organic matter, with a pH of 6-7 and full sun.

Additional post: How to Change the pH of Your Soil
Chives
CHIVES

  • Oniony taste
  • Flowers are edible
  • Excellent in fish, potato & soup recipes
  • Rated in the top 10 flowers for nectar for pollinators
  • Needs extra water throughout the season
  • Monthly fish pellet or fish emulsion fertilizer needed

Recipe: Beer, Cheese & Chive Dip

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#3 Thyme

Thyme
THYME

  • An assortment of different varieties
  • French thyme is most common
  • Bring indoors for cold weather and place near a sunny window
  • Perfect in soups, stews, and marinades


#4 Rosemary
Rosemary is a sun worshiper, the plant needs 6-8 hours of full sunlight a day. Spring growth and the upper portion of the branches growth are less woody and bitter tasting.  Fall growth and lower plant growth will get more bitter as you proceed down the stem.  In areas with mild winters, above 25 degrees, rosemary can become a 3-4 foot shrub.

Rosemary
ROSEMARY

  • Will repel many insects
  • An upright plant that can be grown in floral gardens
  • Excellent in stuffing and roasted meat recipes
  • Needs extra water throughout the season
  • Monthly fish pellet or fish emulsion fertilizer needed
  • Bring indoors for when weather reaches 25 degrees and place near a sunny window

Recipe: Rosemary & Orange Red Wine Vinegar

#5 Basil

Basil
BASIL

  • Best used fresh
  • Commonly used to make pesto
  • Over 20 different varieties and/or colors
  • Needs extra water throughout the season
  • Monthly fish pellet or fish emulsion fertilizer needed

Additional Post: Growing Basil From Cutting

#6 Oregano

Oregano
OREGANO

  • Most flavorful when used dried
  • Used with roasted, fried or grilled veggies, in meat and fish dishes
  • Some cooks like the Greek variety
  • Common herb noticeable in pizza seasoning


Video: How I Dry My Herbs
Recipe: Fresh Chamomile & Mint Tea
Recipe: Lavender Lemonade

 

Fresh Vs Dried Herb Substitute

How Much Water Do Your Herbs Need?

  • Stick your finger about an inch into the soil, if the soil is dry, water the plant.
  • Soak the plant until the water runs out the drain holes; wait & repeat a second time.
  • Purchase a self-watering planter to make watering foolproof.

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Winter Coming? Do You Get Snow?

  • Leave chive plants outdoors they will normally come up yearly if planted inground.
  • Growing herbs indoors. Bring potted rosemary & thyme inside & place near a sunny window.
  • Potted basil doesn’t do well indoors. Take a cutting and put it in water – it will last a month.
  • Sage & oregano should be grown fresh next year.

    ENJOY!!

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