It’s that time of year again! The time when aspiring gardeners begin to make plans for the growing season. If you are a beginner, then you are in the right place. Check out my post from last year, you can read it here.
Today, I am focusing on herbs. Why? Well, in my current season of life, an herb garden is the most doable. With a baby in tow, less money to invest, and time to manage, an herb garden is best for me right now. In the past, some of my most successful and utilized plants have been herbs. Here are some reasons why I think you should consider growing herbs for yourself and family.
For one, they are great for beginners. Herbs require tending but much less than fruits and vegetables, in my opinion. They are generally resilient in our ever-changing central Texas climate. You don’t need as many individual plants to have a variety AND many can survive in small containers so that you can grow several plants in a small space.
Secondly, herbs are incredibly versatile. You can use herbs in all kinds of recipes such as dips, sauces, seasoning meats and veggies, mixing in salads, infusing water, and even mixed drinks (hello mojitos!). The benefits of incorporating herbs into your diet are ten-fold. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Each herb has specific health benefits that I would encourage you to research! There are many culinary combinations to try. If you want to take it to the next level and use herbs like our ancestors did, you can use your herbs in teas, poultices, syrups, tinctures, salves, balms, soaps, creams, lotions, and so much more. The possibilities are endless.
Lastly, you can recruit your little ones to help care for the plants without fear that they are going to destroy that ONE tomato you have waited for months to grow (anyone else feel this way?). Herbs are great for teaching the basics of caring for plants. I found that my son was a lot more willing to eat fresh herbs at mealtimes if he was helping me care for them. Since I only grow edible herbs, he was able to pluck off a leaf and eat it while playing outside. Basil was his favorite!
Here is a list of herbs I recommend to get started: Basil, Oregano, Chives, Mint, Lavender, Rosemary, and Thyme. I’ve had good luck with all of these and you can easily find seedlings at your local nursery.
Here are some dishes that incorporate fresh herbs to inspire your taste buds:
Here is a link to learn more about medicinal herbs and their healing properties:
These links are for all the pregnant and nursing mamas who may need more safety information: https://herblore.com/overviews/herbs-to-avoid-during-pregnancy-and-lactation
Here are tips for growing: https://westerngardens.com/5-dos-donts-planting-herbs/2/
AND here are tips for drying herbs: https://www.ourheritageofhealth.com/why-and-how-to-dry-your-own-herbs/
Do you grow your own herbs? What kinds? Do you have any favorite recipes to share?