If you aren't growing your own herbs, now is a great time to start! Herbs can be grown indoors year-round, and outside during the warmer months. What IS an herb, you ask? An herb is a plant with fragrant or aromatic properties. Herbs are used for flavoring food and as part of natural medicines. Herbs can also be used in fragrances, such as perfumes, candles or air fresheners. When cooking with herbs, the leaves of the plant are what is consumed. Some herbs, such as thyme, oregano, or sage, can be dried and still retain their fragrance, while others, such as mint, should be used fresh.
Reasons to grow your own herbs:
They're great for beginner gardeners. If you're new to growing edible plants, herbs are a great place to start. Most herb plants are easy to grow, requiring just sunlight and water.
Herbs add flavor to cooking. Instead of reaching for the old spices on your spice rack, add some fresh, flavorful herbs instead! Adding fresh thyme, rosemary, or oregano when recipes call for it will really add a new element to your meals. If you already enjoy cooking with fresh herbs, growing your own can be more cost-effective than purchasing them routinely at the grocery store.
Herbs are a natural way to make your house smell good. Are you a fan of using candles or air fresheners to make your home smell good? Try using herbs instead. Many herb plants naturally release their fragrance, especially in high-traffic areas of the home.
Herbs have healing properties. Essential oils are derived from herbs. The next time you have a sore throat or a cough, try steeping thyme in hot water to make tea - thyme oil is a natural cough suppressor.
Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails. Growing your own herbs can bring your cocktails to the next level! Mint, basil, lemon verbena, cilantro, rosemary, and even dill have been popping up in craft cocktail recipes. Herbs are a great way to add flavor to your drinks without packing on the extra sugar and calories. Curious? Here's 20 cocktails featuring your favorite herbs!
Are you ready to give herb growing a try? Consider a Plant Package subscription box - herbs are frequently featured. Plus, Plant Package comes with instructions for plant care.