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Can A Basic Herb Garden Supply Your Kitchen Needs?

May 1, 2008
What is food without herbs and spices, no matter where you are in the world the local cuisine will definitely require the addition of fresh herbs and spices. With the popularity of Gourmet Cooking shows on television we are all trying new tastes including 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 every year.

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.

Although most herbs require regular watering, there are exceptions,thyme is a very forgiving plant and if it dries out will likely come back when an appropriate amount of water is given. As some herbs have different soil requirements and can grow under slightly different conditions, it is recommended that you separate them by variety to help get them started and keep them growing throughout their life.

Plant Herbs Close To Where They Will Be Used

When the chef needs fresh herbs for the dish he or she is preparing, a long journey down to the far reaches of the back yard is not realistic, wouldn't you plant your herbs close to the kitchen for easy picking? It is important to know that, the entire plant does not have to be cut and used at once. With the right care, the herbs will continue to grow and be usable during the entire season. Before winter arrives drying or freezing the extra cuttings can possibly supply the herb throughout the winter, often lasting until the next crop produces the following year.

If space is a problem, you can consider companion growing? If you have other plants growing such as tomatoes you can plant your herbs in and amongst these plants. Parsley can grow well with tomatoes, asparagus and among roses. Broccoli and cauliflower also welcome rosemary in their midst. Basil also likes to grow alongside tomatoes too.

The only problem with planting herbs among other plants is that they can be mistaken and trampled on inadvertently when weeding, pruning and maintaining the other plants in your mixed garden bed. A basic herb garden is a valuable addition to your kitchen supplies and really wont take to much of your valuable time to look after.
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