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Supply Most Of Your Kitchen Needs From A Basic Herb Garden

Jul 27, 2008
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.

Growing your own basic herb garden is not rocket science, most of the common herbs will grow easily in average soil, some like oregano require a rich soil.

Some herbs, such as parsley are bi-annuals and can only be harvested after the plant is one year old. In this case it is suggested that you plant a second crop of parsley after the first year as the first planting comes into season ensuring that you have a constant supply from then on. Naturally there are plenty of other herbs which provide produce in their first year, these will make up the bulk of your basic herb garden..

Most herbs are tolerant of direct sunlight, these herbs are, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, basil and oregano. All they require is minimum amount of water to survive. You can harvest leaves, sprigs and twigs from any of your herbs as they are growing, you don't have to pull up the whole plant. This will provide you with 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 The Kitchen

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 you are little short on space why not consider companion growing? When planting a basic herb garden that would take more room than available, certain herbs can be planted among other plants, especially tomatoes. Parsley can play well with other plants specifically tomatoes, asparagus and among roses. Broccoli and cauliflower also welcome rosemary in their midst. Basil also likes to grow alongside tomatoes too.

If you do decide to companion plant be sure that you don't trample on the herbs when weeding, pruning or generally taking care of these 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 care for it.
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