Do you have a patch of earth for a small garden? How about a sunny🌞 window sill or porch with some planting pots or barrels? Well then…it’s time to plan your kitchen herb garden! Fresh herbs add more than a zip of flavor to your cooking – they can also be used as an edible garnish to make your meals look beautiful while adding a sprinkling of a variety of plant compounds (called phytonutrients) which may benefit your health.1
Because fresh herbs are less concentrated, it is a good rule of thumb to use triple the amount of fresh versus dry herbs in recipes. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon🥄 of dried oregano leaves try using 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano leaves.
This year, I have decided to redo my kitchen herb garden. In one raised garden bed, I am planning to plant basil🍃, Italian parsley, and curly parsley on the back row. French lavender, Greek oregano, English thyme, and chives will be planted across the front row. In between and scattered about, I am going to plant seeds for edible flowers. Rosemary, spearmint, peppermint, and sage are already in my planting pots. Oh the joy of having fresh herbs around!
I will update you on how my kitchen herb🌿 garden is growing. You never know how it will turn out!
For more information on herbs, please see the notes below.
1 Vázquez-Fresno R, Rosana ARR, Sajed T, Onookome-Okome T, Wishart NA, Wishart DS. Herbs and Spices- Biomarkers of Intake Based on Human Intervention Studies – A Systematic Review. Genes Nutr. 2019;14:18. Published 2019 May 22. doi:10.1186/s12263-019-0636-8
2 Herbs in Southern Gardens. Bulletin B1170. University of Georgia Extension website. https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B1170. Published with Full Review on June 29, 2014. Accessed March 16, 2021.