Five Hints for Growing Culinary Herbs in the Backyard Garden
Growing Culinary herbs is one of the great delights in the herb garden
because there is nothing like a freshly harvested flavor to lend a
sparkle to your table.
Here are a few hints and tips that I hope you'll find useful.
growing information on all the common herb plants, click here.
This lists all the herbs commonly used in the kitchen and how to grow
Our container of culinary herbs on our back steps
Hint Number One
Only grow those herbs you regularly use now. I've seen many folks try
to grow a ton of herbs and then these harvested leaves sit and are
never used. It is a lot of work to grow and harvest herbs that will
never see the light of day in your kitchen.
Hint Number Two
Remember that culinary herbs are usually only good for a year before
they start to lose their flavor and potency. Store them in glass jars
in a dark cupboard and they'll stay fresh for a year.
Culinary Herbs Hint Number Three
Only grow what you'll use in a year. Let me suggest that if you only
use sage for the Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey, that one lonely
plant will give you more than you can possibly imagine. It would be a
waste of gardening space and gardening effort to grow several plants.
Hint Number Four
Many of the culinary herbs can also turn into garden weeds or garden
thugs. Spearmint is the Attila the Hun of the herb garden and chives
self-sow like crazy and will come up everywhere. While this may sound pretty good in theory –
in practice, it can take up a lot of time. So do learn to deadhead some
of these plants and control the plants before
get ahead of you.
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Hint Number Five
In growing the culinary herbs, you are going to eat these plants. So do
not use pesticides on them. Organic methods are important for real success and flavor.
Individual Herb How-To-Grow Instructions
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