Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Growing Your Own Herb Garden

There are many reasons to start an herb garden, and you do not have to be a culinary expert or have a green thumb to get going.

Herb gardening is easy, fun and functional. These fragrant plants can add life to a dull outdoor landscape and fresh flavor to your iced tea or favorite salad recipe.

Another wonderful perk: herbs can be grown and transplanted indoors, giving your the opportunity to grow year around!

A few tips for growing your perfect herb garden...

1. Lots of Sunlight
Plant your herbs in an area that receives 5-7 hours of direct sunlight a day.

2. Well Drained Soil and Adequate Water
Most herbs like to be watered as soon as the soil located 1-2 inches from the surface becomes dry.

3. Harvesting
Cut back your plants by 1/3 once they reach a height of 6-8". This will encourage branching and new growth. 

4. Have Fun!
Growing your own herb garden is a fun and rewarding experience. Involve your childrenn or grandkids and enjoy the process as family. 

My favorite herb is Rosemary, I use it in cooking and always have it planted somewhere.  When we first viewed our "Farmhouse on Main"™ one of my favorite things were the huge fragrant Rosemary plantings that led the way up the front walk.  :-))

What are your favorite garden herbs?


miss flibbertigibbet said...

I love rosemary and have a HUGE bush (tree) that I just attacked yesterday with my big clippers. it smells heavenly and I bring it in often for display. I used it on my St Pats table this year too. http://www.missflibbertigibbet.com/2012/03/st-patricks-day-table.html
I always have thyme, basil and parsley growing too. Great post...I love herb growing!

summersundays-jw said...

I couldn't live without basil...especially in the summer. Use it daily. Jan

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

LaurieAnna: I agree with rosemary. It seems to be the one that grows with not much trouble and so many uses for it. Mint is another that does well for me but it can become unmanageable! Your farmhouse is so pretty..Happy Spring..Judy

Alexis said...

I just started growing herbs in my backyard! So far I have a little basil and dill but am certainly planning on expanding. Thank you for the post!

A Thrifted Market said...

Love rosemary and basil too! So excited to be visiting your shop for First Mondays next weekend!

Donna said...

I too have a thing for herbs! I think my favorite would have to be thyme for the way it tastes in the food and the adorable ground cover it creates in the garden!
I eat a lot of basil though and it would have to be my second favo!

Fairfield House said...


Happy Spring! We are busy planning and planting. My favorite herbs are lavender and bee balm. I also love the ability to run outside and pick fresh mint for a pitcher of mojitos but it's so invasive.

Your Friend,

Anonymous said...

Hi LaurieAnna, great post! I have herbs growing in amongst everything else in my garden...I was going for that wild, cottage garden look lol! Yes, I love rosemary too :)
Cas x

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❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I started a small herb area in my flower bed several years ago but the lemon thyme accidentally got pulled out!! I love the smell of herbs and plan to start a special area just for them. Right now, I only have mint growing...so that would be my favorite :)

Artificial Grass said...

You have a great mind and idealism in making such great article like this. I find it interesting and really nice.

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Rosemary is my favorite too. I think it's a beautiful plant besides the fact that I love to cook with it. I've got one in an outdoor planter and it made it safely through our mild winter.


Jeremy Beauregard said...

Good tips, Laurie Anna! Indeed, herb gardens have a lot of benefits for our health, because each herb has its own function, it is its own cure for a different illness. In addition, growing an herb garden doesn’t require pesticides or chemicals, which guarantees us that the herbs that we use when cooking--are free from any harmful substances.

Jeremy Beauregard