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Eight Essential Herbs to Start an Herb Garden

Whether it is because of the effects of the economy on your food pantry, or simply because you think it would be fun, starting an herb garden is a great idea. Not only will you have something beautiful and down to earth out back that gives you something to do when you’re not at work, you’ll also be happy to be able to use what things you’ll be growing out there. Eight of the most essential herbs to start an herb garden include the following plants: Basil, mint, dill, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and chives. With a little bit of information on each of these herbs, you’ll be well on your way to building the perfect little herb garden for your home.

Basil is one of the most commonly used herbs there are. It has such a distinctive flavor that reminds one of the exquisite cuisine native to Italy. It’s a very versatile herb and is wonderful in soups, salads and a wide variety of Italian dishes. It also can be helpful in the garden, as it repels flies and mosquitoes, and can improve the taste of tomatoes and peppers.

Mint has a pleasant aroma and has been widely used in a number of ways-in teas or other aromatic things such as candles or even soothing creams. Mints do very well in wet growing seasons and moist soils. Try mint with fruit salads, vegetables, and ice cream.

Dill is an annual plant that is used for much more than spicing up pickles and is a great addition to fish, roasted potatoes, eggs and salads. It has a distinct flavor and aroma and can actually grow to about five feet tall, if left to its own devices.

Parsley is also an herb that is widely used. This can be used as a garnish, or can even be eaten fresh and raw. This herb has the amazing quality of being able to freshen breath after a meal. This is a beautiful herb you will definitely wish to have in your garden.

Rosemary is perennial, and can be used to attract bees. Try it with chicken, potatoes, lamb, and in marinades. However, it is fragile, and can be damaged easily by frostbite.

Tarragon is an herb that smells like anise, and is used in many different ways when cooking and goes well with poultry, fish, herb butters and salad dressings. It is also perennial, and has beautiful, twisted leaves that measure about two inches long.

Thyme provides many health benefits, containing many important antioxidants that are helpful to your body. Thyme can be used to help treat bronchitis, sore throats, coughs, and other things. Try it with meats, eggs, stews and soups.

Chives are similar to onions, and have a similar growth habit. The leaves are used often in cooking. Use chives for a mild onion flavor with meats, soups, salads and of course, baked potatoes.

With all of these essential herbs, you’ll have the perfect set up for your beginning herb garden.

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