Even if you don’t do any other gardening, growing your own herbs can be an excellent way to add fresh summer flavor to your kitchen!
By Kristen, Contributing Writer
Even when I can’t do a big garden, there’s one item I can’t do without every summer: fresh herbs. I absolutely must keep up with my herb garden, even if everything else fails!
You can buy some fresh herbs at the grocery store, of course, but the selection is typically small and the price high. Farmers markets are another great source for them, and no doubt the quality is higher, but I still prefer to just grow my own herbs.
Why? Well, for a variety of reasons, really.
Herbs Are Usually Easy to Grow
You have to be a serious gardener to enjoy growing challenging plants. I am not a serious gardener. I’m a hobby gardener, and I like easy.
Herbs are just that. They are typically really easy to grow!
Of course, there are a few stinkers that might be a little harder. Cilantro, for instance, can be difficult to get started, and it’s really sensitive to drought. But overall, herbs can really be one of the easiest things to grow!
Herbs Require Very Little Space
Growing your own herbs doesn’t require big garden plots. They can often be tucked into tiny spaces and even stuck into existing landscape!
While tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, and other popular garden items need room to grow tall or sprawl, herbs don’t. About one square foot per plant is all they need!
If your yard is very small and you think that you could never have a garden, you might be surprised by what you can grow in a small herb garden.
You Can Even Grow Herbs In Containers
If you live in an apartment, you probably don’t even have access to a yard to garden in. With herbs, that’s not a problem!
Many herbs will happily grow in containers on a balcony or even on a sunny window ledge. Thyme is a great plant to consider for a container garden since it doesn’t grow tall.
Herbs Don’t Require Full Sun
Backyard gardeners often have a hard time finding a spot that offers enough sunlight to grow their veggies. Herbs, on the other hand, are content with about 4 hours of sunlight a day.
Of course, many varieties will happily take more, and plants grown with less sunlight may be on the smaller side. But herbs don’t need all of that direct sunlight like larger plants do, and that makes them a more forgiving option to try in your garden.
That Fresh Herb Flavor Can’t Be Beat!
Dried basil and parsley can’t even compare to basil and parsley fresh from the garden. Herbal tea made with fresh mint or chamomile is unlike anything you can buy in a box from the store. Herbs, right from your own garden, have a flavor that simply can’t be matched!
Even just one herb plant can provide so much fresh, intense flavor for your kitchen. I honestly enjoy cooking so much more when I have fresh herbs to use.
With so many fantastic uses, herbs really are an excellent place to start when gardening. Some of mine are popping up already, and I can’t wait to see the rest thriving this summer.