5 Easy to Grow Herbs That Make Great Recipes

If you are thinking about growing some herbs in your home garden but have no idea on what herbs to grow, start by researching on some easy to grow herbs which would do well in your area. There are a number of reasons for cultivating herbs, here are a few:

1) They save on grocery costs.

2) Herbs improve the appearance of your garden and landscape in general if well tended.

3) You can take it up as an enjoyable hobby if you love working out-doors and don’t mind the dirt and bugs.

Here are some of the herbs you can grow easily and produce good yields even in a small garden.

Basil

This is one of the most popular garden plants. It basically comes in two varieties: The green basil or red-purple basil.

Green basil is used in cooking, especially for dishes that use plenty of tomatoes, as well as soups and sauces while the red-purple basil is preferred as a decorative plant because of its bright eye catching colors.

Basil plants do well in warmer temperatures and can grow up to 2 feet in height.

Sage

Sage is a perennial plant that is usually grown indoors for the first few weeks before been transferred outdoors. It is great for recipes containing meat, chicken, fish, cheeses as well as baked foods and dressings.

It can be used fresh or dried and its silvery grey leaves will add texture to your garden.

Summer Savory

Is a great herb for making soups, sauces, marinades, and a must have for Italian dishes. This herb also comes with small white or pink flowers which add a delicate look to a garden. It grows up to 18 inches high and the leafy tops are ideal for harvesting when the plant is in bloom. Experienced gardeners recommend that you pinch the growing parts of the Summer Savory plant to encourage it to grow.

Chives

Chives are hardy annual plants that can be planted directly into the garden, but it is recommended that you don’t harvest the leaves during the first year of growth to allow the herb to establish in the garden. Afterward, you can use chives fresh or frozen in your recipes including salads, egg dishes and sandwich spreads.

Parsley

With its curly leaves and aromatic qualities it is a great addition to any garden. It grows low, about 6 to 8 inches high, loves sunshine but dies over the winter. Its leaves can be used as a beautiful trimming around the garden, or fresh as a garnish and flavor for meals.

Parsley can also be dried in the oven and incorporated into different meals. Even for those without a garden, parsley can be grown easily in a pot and placed by the window for maximum exposure to sunlight.

There are plenty more herbs to choose from, such as sage, mint, tarragon, dill and fennel, all of which are very easy to sustain in your garden. Choose your easy to grow herbs according to the space you have in the garden and the potential yield it will produce.