A vast expanse of property is never a necessary requirement for putting together a very practical and beautiful herb garden. Herbs are just one of the many different kinds of plants that both add beauty to a garden while simultaneously providing the gardener with a source of food. Granted, herbs aren’t exactly a true source of food, but they do add much flavor to a variety of dishes and meals.
Here are five of the best:Basil
Basil is an Italian herb that grows the best in fertile soil with plenty of sunlight and water. It also grows well with many other herbs such as thyme and parsley. It’s slightly hardy, being able to tolerate brief drought periods even though most gardeners supply their basil plants with plenty of water.
Thyme is another excellent herb to grow. Many people use thyme as an addition to stews and meat dishes. If growing it in a container, place thyme around the outer edges of the container with another plant or vegetable in the inside of the container. One of the best things about thyme is that it is very hardy and can withstand sudden changes in temperature or climate.
Oregano is about as classic of an Italian herb as you are likely to get. It is commonly applied to many Mediterranean-themed dishes and pizza sauce. It is also extremely easy to grow and does well alongside sage, rosemary and thyme to add much color and beauty to your garden. Another benefit of growing oregano is that it has a shorter harvest season than the other herbs on this list, which means you’ll be able to harvest more times.
Another benefit of growing oregano is that it has a shorter harvest season than the other herbs on this list, which means you’ll be able to harvest more times. Oregano also has much flavor, which makes it a very appealing herb to grow for the kitchen. Unlike most kinds of herbs, oregano tastes best when it has been dried rather than fresh. After harvesting oregano leaves, hang them upside down and allow them to dry. You can them crumble them up and store them in a container for future use.
Beyond being the preference of many people for chewing gum, peppermint adds much flavor to ice cream, tea and salads. It’s also quite healthy. If there’s a point of contention gardeners have about mint, it’s that it’s a perennial plant, meaning it grows for more than two years. In other words, once you start growing mint, you have to be committed to the process and ready to harvest a lot of it. But for many gardeners, that’s a bonus.
Like mint, sage is also a perennial herb, so it will grow for many years. Sage is very beautiful when it blooms but, warning, deer are also naturally averted to its taste. Even though
Like mint, sage is also a perennial herb, so it will grow for many years. Sage is very beautiful when it blooms but, warning, deer are also naturally averted to its taste. Even though sage requires a lot of water and doesn’t thrive as easily in extremely hot temperatures, the use of it extend beyond being an added taste to a meal. Sage has been put to great use as a perfume, a soap and as a cosmetic. It’s also found favor as an insect repellant, so it keeps bugs away in addition to being deer-proof. Finally, the presence of large enough quantities of sage can get rid of many poor odors.
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