Herbs 16 Ideabooks

Herbs have been used throughout recorded history for a huge range of purposes: culinary, fragrance, medicinal and more. But if you haven't grown them yet, they can seem intimidating — if they do so much, growing them must be complicated. But most herbs are easy to grow. They’re minimally fussy...
11 Essential Herbs to Grow Right Now
This summer enhance your recipes, eliminate extra trips to the grocery store and cultivate a connection with nature with a few sprigs or leaves from an herb plant you’ve grown yourself. Herbs tie all gardeners together, whether grown in a large landscape...
Herb Garden Essentials: How to Grow Basil
Basil, native to Asia, has become a seasoning staple in cuisines around the world. The familiar and fragrant sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is grown as a summer annual that generally reaches about 2 feet tall. Even if you’re already...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Some Beautiful, Tasty Thyme
There’s a spot for versatile thyme in almost every garden. Depending on the variety, it can spread out to its heart’s content as a ground cover, sprawl over a wall, tuck neatly into a small corner, edge a garden with a row of rounded...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Culinary Sage
There are hundreds of sages out there that can add color and punch to your landscape. Some are strictly ornamental; others are also used for everything from scenting perfumes and soaps to repelling moths and eliminating cooking odors. For the...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Tasty, Frilly Dill
Dill may be associated with pickles, but give it a try in other dishes as well. Both the new leaves and seeds are edible, and the blowsy foliage, delicate yellow flowers and 3-foot height (some varieties are shorter) add a delicate touch and some height...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Oregano and Marjoram
If you love to cook, try growing oregano and its sibling, sweet marjoram. They're pretty foolproof, ideal for novice gardeners. They're also a great addition to any number of dishes, and you can easily freeze or dry them. The real issue is deciding...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Delicious Mint
First a word of warning: “Invasive” is the polite way to refer to mint’s growing habits. In ideal, or even not so ideal, conditions, mint will take over your garden, spreading by underground roots. Consider it in the top tier of garden...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Rosemary
This evergreen perennial has moved out of the herb garden to become a full-fledged landscape stalwart in warmer climates. It's also a year-round container plant that can be brought inside in colder areas. It’s not hard to see why it is so popular. You...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Parsley
Parsley is making its way from the forgotten garnish to a necessary part of an herb garden. Not only have cooks discovered the flavorful flat-leaf Italian parsley and interesting varieties of the curly-leaf French types, but gardeners have found that...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Zesty Lemongrass
This sturdy herb can easily be mistaken for an ornamental grass, but unlike most other grasses, this one is edible and is a staple in Southeast Asian and other tropical cuisines. The plants usually reach 3 to 4 feet tall — some shoot up...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Fragrant Lavender
If any plant can be said to have it all, or at least a good portion of it all, it’s lavender. This Mediterranean native is easy to grow even outside its preferred growing conditions, is mostly pest- and disease-free, is fragrant and attracts bees, birds...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Tarragon
For many people, tarragon is one of those herbs you’ve heard of but don’t really know. It’s not particularly showy or overly fragrant, yet its leaves are a staple of classic French cuisine, and its light aroma is said to repel insects. It’s...
9 Fresh Herbs for Crowd-Pleasing Thanksgiving Dishes
Many favorite recipes for a Thanksgiving dinner call for fresh herbs. But instead of rushing to market to find what you need, wouldn’t it be nice to just step outside your door? Fresh herbs not only pack a more flavorful punch than their dry counterparts,...
4 Herb Container Gardens for Fabulous Global Cuisine
Do you have a flair for Asian cuisine? Or do your tastes lean Italian? Make cooking your favorite food easy by combining the herbs you use most often in one container or a grouping of pots. Having fresh herbs to season dishes with will...
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