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All About Herbs!

Growing your own and using fresh herbs in your cooking can be so rewarding and can save you a ton of money! The flavor profiles you can achieve using just hints of them, or in some cases handfuls are endless. Fresh herbs can give you beautiful subtle flavors, other times you can have a dish that is marvelously herb-centric.


I recently planted my new herb garden for the season, and I'm going to share with you some of my favorite herbs and their uses. These are just a selection of my favorites, I encourage you to experiment and see what you like and what grows best for you.

 

Sweet basil in one of my outdoor planters

Basil


One of the staples of most kitchens, is fairly simple to grow. It needs sunlight 6-8 hours a day, and it likes moist soil.


There are several different kinds of basil, and I grow 3 of them a year. Sweet basil is the most common, and the one I grow indoors throughout the winter.


Whether you're making a simple tomato sauce or using it to make a caprese salad, this beautiful herb is so useful!

 

Grapefruit mint in it's own pot

Mint


Making a mojito will never taste better then using fresh mint from your herb garden!

This hardy plant grows best in partial shade, and likes moist soil.


These gorgeous leaves pack so much flavor. Like basil, they come in a variety of kinds. Mint is a bit aggressive, and likes to overgrow, so I like to keep it in a pot and can move it inside in the winter.


You can use this versatile herb in so many ways, it goes well in sweet and savory applications. Also, I just like to have it around because it smells so good!

 

Rosemary in a 12" garden box

Rosemary


This neat herb is indigenous to the Mediterranean, and its translation from Latin means, "dew of the sea," which is appropriate.


One of the most aromatic herbs, it's best used with a light hand and pairs well with red meats and the acidity in tomatoes. These leaves have a strong lemon-pine flavor.


Rosemary should be planted in full sun and the soil kept moist. Be sure to prune regularly, so it doesn't overgrow. I like to keep rosemary in a longer box so the root system has room to spread.

 

Italian Oregano

Oregano


Originally wild growing in the mountains of Italy and Greece, the name translates to "joy of the mountain" in Greek.