There are endless possibilities when it comes to what you can do with herbs so why wouldn’t you want an herb garden? Still not convinced to start your own? Well, I’ll give you five more great reasons to have an herb garden plus even give you some ideas about what to do with all those herbs.
Top 5 Reasons You Should Have an Herb Garden
1. You don’t need a lot of space.
- Put herbs in planter boxes outside or on your patio.
- I live in tight quarters where space is rather limited. I also live on a second floor and have no ground to plant things in. I have two basket planters attached to my balcony that I keep my herbs in. It gives some much needed character and color to my typically drab patio.
- You can also put herbs in small individual pots and put them outside or by a window.
2. It is inexpensive.
- The plants themselves typically range anywhere from $1-$3 each, depending on where you get them. I got mine from a local greenhouse for $2.50 each (I recommend buying already sprouted plants not seeds).
- You can usually get planters for fairly cheap. Depending on what you get you should be able to get enough to plant all your herbs for around $10. Mine were about $5 a piece from Wal-Mart, which included the lining and mounting hardware.
- Make sure to get planters that last so you can keep reusing them. I’ve been using my planters for two years.
- My total initial cost for everything was about $29.00. This year I only had to buy the herbs so the cost was about half of that.
3. It is easy to maintain.
- All your herb garden really needs is some sunlight, water and a little plant food (I buy a package of plant food spikes for $1.50 from my local grocery store).
- I’ve had an herb garden during the Spring and Summer for two years and have been able to keep it going fairly easily.
4. You have easy access to fresh ingredients to add to your cooking.
- It is so nice to be able to quickly have herbs when cooking to add some flavor to a wide variety of recipes.
- The best part is that the herbs continue to grow unlike if you were to purchase already cut herbs from the store and you pay about the same for the plant as you do for the cut herbs.
- I love experimenting with adding herbs to recipes like pasta, chicken, dips, sauces and soups. There are so many possibilities!
5. You can preserve the herbs to use all year long.
- Dry or freeze your herbs to preserve them. If freezing, chop the herbs and place in ice cubes then add enough water to fill each cube. If desired, add a little olive oil. When you want to use your herbs, just allow it to melt by putting it in a hot soup or sauce or by microwaving it for a few seconds.
- If you keeping your plants indoors you can maintain them all year.
- If you are keeping them outside, see if you can find a spot to put them inside during the cold months if you don’t want to deal with freezing or drying.
My Current Herb Garden:
My Favorite Ways to Use My Herbs:
- Parsley: Goes well in soups and sauces.
- Rosemary: Is great with chicken especially roasted lemon herb whole chicken.
- Chives: Is an awesome addition to any potato dish particularly potato soup, mashed potatoes and baked potatoes.
- Dill: Makes a tasty addition to spreads or dips.
- Oregano: Is a wonderful herb for any Italian dish particularly pizza or pasta sauces.
- Basil: Is good for adding on top of pizza or as a compliment with oregano.
If you remember my best ever grilled chicken recipe than you will love these two recipes as well! The dill sandwich spread is what I use on the buns for the grilled chicken sandwich and the twice baked potatoes are featured in the photo from that post, as you will see in the photo below.
With all those great tips and benefits I hope you are inspired to either use your herbs more or go plant your own!
I’d Love to Know:
- If you have an herb garden what is your favorite herb to use?
- What herbs would you like to grow if you don’t currently have an herb garden?