Having fresh herbs to add into your recipes not only adds a fresh flavour, but a nutritional boost to your meals.  There is a difference in taste when using fresh herbs instead of the dried variety. And there is a higher nutritional value with fresh herbs. But buying fresh herbs can be expensive, especially compared to the dried version.

And creating an herb garden can be one of the simplest gardens to have…ALL YEAR ROUND.   In a few steps, you can be growing fresh herbs to use daily.

Step 1:  Decide if you are planting outside or in pots that you can use inside in the winter and outside in the summer.  One thing to remember is that most herbs are considered annuals, so if you are planting them in your garden bed, you will either need to transplant them in the fall to bring inside for the winter or will be buying new plants each spring.

Step 2:  Decide on how many herbs you want to grow.  This is important so you know what size planter to use or where to place them in your garden.

Step 3: Choose the herbs you want to grow.  Think about what you use most often.  Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Cilantro, Dill, Sage and Parsley are the more commonly used herbs to consider for an indoor year round garden.  Mint (any variety), Lavender and Chives do well outside in a garden, and will come back each year.

Step 4: Visit your local garden centre for starter plants or seeds for your chosen herbs. Pick up your container(s), dirt and any special plant food while you are there.

Step 5: Find a sunny spot in your house, and enjoy.

 

For more tips on how to start and grow a garden check out:

25 Best Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden

Herb Garden Ideas

 

For more on the benefits of growing your own herbs check out:

Benefits to growing your own herbs

Reasons to grow your own herbs

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