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Spice Up Your Summer With An Herb Garden

Growing herbs at home can be a simple and fulfilling project that yields wonderful – and useful – results. If you have never before embarked on such a botanical conquest, rest assured that only a few important tips are needed to make something beautiful and aromatic-and practice makes perfect. For beginning gardeners aspiring to make the most out of their summer, try beginning with these basic guidelines to building a fantastic herb garden.

Starting Off

First of all, your herbs need a proper place to grow. For many people, planting herbs in pots seems to be a practical and easy way to get everything in the right place. Many herbs require a lot of sunlight, and having them in pots means that they are easily portable and can be placed in whatever spots of the porch, deck, or outside patio to get the optimal amount of sunlight and water. Seeds and starts may also be planted in the ground, if the soil is well-tilled and nourished before doing so. This is a great way to complement a vegetable garden, and provide an aromatic element to your yard.

Each type of plant you wish to grow may require a certain amount of space, water, or care. Before you purchase the herb, it is a good idea to do some research or check with the nursery experts to find out some simple things you should know about each plant, in order to reap the best results. For those who have not worked with seeds, transplanting a start of each plant is an excellent way to start an herb garden off well.

Herb Garden Must-Haves

Some of the basic herbs that are “must-haves” in your garden include herbs and spices that you can use in every day cooking, as well as others that will give you an opportunity to branch out a bit. Herbs that thrive on the summer heat and sun include basil, rosemary, parsley, oregano, and chives. Combined in salads, breads, chicken, fish, and potatoes, these herbs can really add a splash of color and taste to any meal that you make. Tarragon is another great option that is excellent on fish and salads.

Use Fresh, Or Dry For Later

The great thing about having an herb garden is the access you are granted to fresh herbs that have a taste that you just can’t find in the grocery store. You can use your herbs while they are fresh, crushing the leaves until the juices come seeping out, or just throwing them into soups and stews to get each rich flavor. For use in later dishes, hang the plants upside down in a cool dry place until they are completely dried.

Now is the perfect chance to try your hand at a summer herb garden.

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June 2012