A Basic Herb Garden Can Supply Most Of Your Kitchen Needs
No matter where you live in the world most cultures like to use herbs in their
cooking to provide the flavours and aroma that we have all come to love. With the
enormous spread in popularity of Gourmet Cooking shows on television we are
encouraged to expand our culinary tastes to include dishes from all over the world
. As most professional chefs prefer to use fresh herbs in their cooking why should
we not follow in their steps and grow our own basic herb garden at home.
It is quite easy to put in a basic herb garden to grow the ones used the most.
Most of the common herbs used as spices in cooking can be successfully grown in
average soil but some do request rich soil, such as oregano.
Additionally, some herbs in a basic herb garden such as parsley are biennial in
nature. This means the first year they are grown they will not be useful for
seasoning. It is during the second year that the crop can be used. Ideally, with
parsley, , plant a new crop of seeds one year after planting your first parsley
plants so that in a couple of years they will overlap, providing u sable seasoning
Most of the herbs grown in a basic herb garden such as, parsley, sage, rosemary,
thyme, oregano and basil are tolerant of direct sun, but will require a minimum
amount of water to survive. You can harvest leaves, sprigs and twigs from any of
your herbs as they are growing giving fresh organic herbs for your kitchen.
However, some plants like thyme is a very forgiving plant and if it dries out will
likely come back when an appropriate amount of water is given. Since some have
different soil requirements and can grow under slightly different conditions,
having them separated by variety can help get them started and keep them growing
throughout their life.
Plant Herbs Close To Where They Will Be Used
In most cases it is easier on the grower to plant the basic herb garden close to
the kitchen for easy harvesting of the fresh crop. Remember, the entire