Gardening

Kitchen Herb Garden

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.

Sweet Basil

Notes:

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.

2 Comments

  • Barbara Bowling

    Love this post on herbs! Everyone needs a herb garden. Our favorite herb is cilantro. The cilantro we planted in our summer garden has just gone to seed. I can’t wait to plant some more! Cilantro is really tasty in a garden salad.
    I also plant curly parsley in my flower bed as an edger. The plants I planted last Easter are still bright green and pretty. i used some last night in a dish.
    You are right, Anne, it is a joy to have fresh herbs!

  • Barbara Bowling

    BTW, Anne, your grandmother had an herb garden. She especially liked fresh basil. I learned from her that fresh basil cut up on homegrown tomatoes is quite delicious!
    Your sister, Betsy, keeps a basil plant in her kitchen, too!

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