Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Five great herbs to grow at home

Do you love to use fresh herbs in your cooking, but find the price of them too expensive? Even if you only have a small windowsill or a few pots outside I have five great herbs that you should grow at home. My kids love gardening with me and even with their 'help' we have managed to successfully grow these five in our garden. Some are in pots and some in the ground but they would all survive in pots if needed. There is nothing better than fresh herbs to lift a dish, plus they are great for lots of other uses around the home.





























1. Mint.

Best kept in a pot as it is so easy to grow it will spread around your garden if you plant it out. I love mint so much we have two varieties, sweet mint and pepper mint outside my kitchen door. I love using mint in pea soup, mixed with cucumber and sparkling water for a summer cooler and chopped and sprinkled over strawberries.



















2. Bay.
So simple to grow. I had a bay tree at our old house and was sad to leave it. So before we moved I took green cuttings of it. Sniped off a couple of inches, removed some of the leaves, ducked them in rooting liquid and potted them up. We've been in out house for four years now and I have two splendid bay tree, which would have cost me a fortune if I'd bought them from the garden centre.
Bay is great fresh or dried for cooking. I also love using it in flower arrangements and when I make wreaths.



















3. Chives.

My children are not onion fans and often spend ages picking onion out of dishes I've cooked them even if I have chopped them really small. Yet, they love chives. I regularly find them chomping on them in the garden or smell their breath and know the chive patch has been attacked. They have a mild onion flavour and are great in cheese sandwiches and potato salad.




4. Oregano

This is probably my most frequently used herb, it reminds me of Greece and I use it so much in my cooking as I love Mediterranean food. Best to have it planted somewhere where it gets a lot of sun as this helps bring out the flavour more.



















5. Lavender
Not only is it lovely to look at with beautiful purple flowers, it smells amazing when brushing past it. Plant in near a path to get wafts of scent every time. I like to pick and dry it for lavender bags in the cupboards and drawers. I have also used it to make lavender sugar and shortbread.


Do you have any recommendations for other herbs I should try and grow?

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8 comments:

  1. These are great ideas. I also like rosemary. It grows into a wild looking bush and has sweet blue flowers.

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    1. We did have rosemary too. But is suddenly died for no reason, I'm hoping to grow some more from a cutting from my Mum's garden

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  2. Thanks for the suggestions! We grow chives, cilantro, oregano, and garlic. Our cilantro plant isn't doing well though...I need to do some research on that.

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    1. I never thought about growing garlic! Now that is something we get through a lot of in our house.

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  3. Great tips here - I love the idea of growing herbs in the garden with the kids! Great to teach them about where our food comes from!

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    1. Yes and they taste so much better too!

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  4. I never think about growing these other herbs you have mentioned. My pots only have the basics like basil. Who knew these other ones were so easy to grow. Thanks for inspiring me to build more in my herb garden.

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    1. Basil is one herb I've never had any luck with, yet use so much of. I must have another go this year.

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