Why Grow An Herb Garden?
I have been watching cooking shows on television for quite a few years now. Most cooking shows make what I agree look’s like amazing food. The chef’s all make it look too easy. Except the ones vying for the title ” the Worst Cooks In America.” But even they seem to enjoy cooking. But let’s face it if the food looks amazing but doesn’t have the taste to back it up, in my opinion you’re just wasted a lot of good ingredients.
I believe that the key to cooking is in the flavor of the food. And the way to the flavor is through herbs and spices. I decided that I wanted to start a herb garden. By me starting to grow a herb garden now, I’m thinking, if successful I can give them away as gifts at Christmas time and throughout the year. When I buy fresh herbs at the store they often go bad before I’m able to use them, but that was before I decided that I want to improve my cooking skills.
Believing that if I start my own herb garden that it would also help to lower my high blood pressure. It is more healthy than eating out and I have full control over what I put in my body.
Types Of Herb Gardening Kits
There are so many types of gardening kits on the internet, The choices can be overwhelming but just take your time and look for the combination of herbs that are what you’re are looking for. I went to my go to spot Amazon. I’m a rookie at this I purchased my first herb gardening kit. Purchasing the AeroGarden Seed Pod Kit Gourmet Herbs first. Only to discover that it was not quite the herb garden kit that I really wanted. There were no containers to grow the seedlings in. Later on I will purchase some clay pots and grow these herbs
Read all the details on the product. Now if you’re are going to want to grow your herbs inside or outside. It does make a difference. I then choose the Mountain Valley Seeds Growing Kit. Culinary Herbs and it was everything that I needed.
Time To Start My Very First Herb Garden
This kit contains all I need to get my herb garden on the way. It contains :
- Oregano Italian
- Parsley Italian Flat Leaf
- Dill Mammoth Long Island
- Basil Italian Large Leaf
- Arugula Slowbolt
- Chives Garlic
- Thyme Common
- Sage Broad Leaved
- Cilantro Coriander
- Mustard Southern Giant Curled
The kit contains the trays and soil pucks to start all 24 herbs. Everything looks super easy and I’m about to get started.
I put 1 1/2 cups of water into each of the base containers. Then I inserted the seedlings and put in the dirt pods. They expanded immediately upon touching the water and ta DA! I’m ready to plant my seeds. Following the directions I put 3-5 seeds in each pod and covered them with dirt and labeled them as I went along.
I have all of my seedlings planted and am just waiting for the harvest. I did not plant the mustard s but planted the parsley twice. I know that I’m going to wonder why didn’t I do this sooner but I’m just now getting around to it. I’m so very excited the fact that I just took that initial step to get started.
Benefits of Herbs
Oregano – Robust, pungent flavor similar to marjoram but stronger
- Boost’s Immunity
- Anti-Cancer Potential
- Anti-Bacterial Activity
- Aids in Digestion
- Improves Heart Health
- Detoxifies the Body
- Improves Bone Health
Cilantro – Distinctive minty flavor and aroma
- Cilantro is often known as coriander
- The leaves of the plant are known as cilantro and the seeds are called coriander
- Cleanses the body of metals.
- This herb is considered to be a super food
- Vitamin A & K and is rich in vitamin C, potassium and manganese
- It also helps to detoxify the body.
Rosemary – Piquant, pine-like flavor.
- Immune Booster
- Improved Circulation
- Liver Detoxification
- Fresh Breath
- Hair Grownth
- Digestive Help
- Cancer Prebention
- Diuretic Properties
- Improved Memory
- Pain Relief
- Respiratory Health
Sage – Aromatic, woodsy flavor
- Keeps skin healthy
- Anti-Inflammatory properties
- Can help ease sore throat If sipped as tea
- Treat’s internal issues
- Makes a great mouthwash
- Helps lower blood glucose levels
- Can decrease the fat of bad cholesterol in the blood
- Rich in vitamin C, calcium and potassium
- Improves mental capabilities
- Helps with asthma
- Can help prevent Alzheimer’s
Thyme – Spicy, slightly sweet flavor
- Acne fighting ingredient
- Helps lower Blood Pressure
- Helps stop coughs
- Can help get rid of pests
- Thyme is for good smells
- Great for seasoning food
- Helps to boost your mood
- Great disinfectant
Arugula – Aromatic peppery flavor adds a great taste to salads
- Cancer fighting power food
- Bone health
- Reduces inflammation
- High in vitamin B with high amounts of folate
- Helps with weight loss
- Used as an aphrodisiac
Dill – Refreshing slightly sweet flavor with a hint of caraway
- May helps in lowering cholesterol
- Has antioxidant properties
- May have anti cancer activities
- Can sooth the stomach
- Can help with gas relief
- Can be used as a breath refresher
Basil – Sweet with warm, clove like flavor
- Is an anti-inflammatory
- Can help fight cancer
- Has anti-bacterial properties
Chives – Delicate, onion-like flavor
- Helps with prostate cancer
- Helps with stomach cancer
- Helps with sleep and mood
- Bone health
Parsley – Faint, celery-like flavor
- Rich in vitamins A, B, C, K, iron and potassium
- A natural diuretic
- Helps balance blood sugar
- Helps reduce cancer risk
- Protects blood vessels
Garlic Chives – Belong to the chive family but have a strong taste of garlic
- Rich in vitamin C
- Low in flat
- Helps maintain a healthy and balanced metabolism
- Helps with digestive, kidney and liver issues
- When consumed it helps reduce stress and fatigue
Now I Will Pair The Herbs With Foods
Oregano – Tomatoes, lamb, pork, beef, chicken, salad dressings, bean soup, seafood, all types of vegetables, Italian, Greek, and Mexican dishes
Cilantro – Affinity for avocados and hot chili peppers. Use with chicken, seafood, in Chinese, Thai, Mexican, and Indian dishes, tomato and other sauces
Rosemary – Lamb, poultry, pork, grilled meats vegetables, marinades, breads
Sage – Predominant seasonings in sausage and bread stuffings, game, fatty meats, vegetables, veal
Thyme – Chicken, veal, vegetables, marinades, soups, stews, Creole dishes
Arugula – Salads, butters, sauteed with greens, egg dishes
Dill – Seafood, potatoes, cucumbers, chicken, salads, carrots, tomatoes, eggs, salad greens, biscuits, and bread
Basil – Tomatoes, cheese, goat and mozzarella, poultry, eggs, vegetables, authentic pesto sauce
Chives – Herb butters, potatoes, vegetables, eggs, fish, soups, salads, sauces
Parsley – Enhances the flavors and appearance of most foods
Garlic Chives – Great in Asian cuisine. Stir-fry, scrambled eggs, omelets, and soups
Meats & Pairings
Chicken and Veal Dishes: Bay Leaves, chives, dill, garlic, onion, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme
Lamb Dishes: Basil, garlic marjoram, mint, onion, oregano, rosemary, savory, thyme, tarragon
Pork Dishes: Basil, bay leaves, dill, garlic, lemon verbena, marjoram, onion, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme
Beef Dishes: Basil, bay leaves, chives, garlic, onion, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, thyme
This is the kit that I chose: Mountain Valley Growing Kit
Caring For My Indoor Herb Garden
There are four main needs that your herbs require.
Light – Herbs grown indoors need at least 6 hours of sunlight. If herbs don’t get enough sunlight they will lose their flavor. Place herbs in a spot that gets the most sunlight inside of you’re home. If you don’t get much light, I would suggest a florescent light bulb. It should be positioned less than a foot from the herbs.
Rotate your plants so that the light is distributed evenly.
Temperature – Herbs don’t like cold temperatures. Try to keep the temperature around the herbs 65F. (18C) to 75F. (24C.).
Watering – Your indoor herbs need watering regularly. They should never be allowed to dry out, but do not over water. Feel top soil feels dry you’re can add a small amount of water to the base of the container.
Humidity – Herbs grown indoors need humidity and circulation. Mist your herbs once a week.
When My Herbs Are Ready
This is what I have been waiting for. It is time to cook!
I’m just thinking of all the dishes that I want to make.
- Rosemary Chicken with Lemon Cream Sauce
- Creamy Chicken with Lemon & rosemary
- Stuffed Fish With Fresh Herbs
- Herbed Salmon
- Lemon Thyme Rice
- Thyme Lemonade
- Thyme Will Tell Sour Cocktail
- Thyme Mushroom
- Sage Meatloaf
- Sage Dressing
- Pineapple Sage Mojito
- Roasted Sage Potatoes
- Tomato and Basil Sauce
- Tomato Basil Salmon
- Parsley Leaf Potatoes, Lemon & Parsley Spaghetti
- Cheddar Chive Rice, Lemon Chive Rice, Chive Carrots
- Oregano Corn with Fresh Herbs
- Chicken Dijon with Fresh Herbs
- Potato & Chive Bake
- Cobb Salad with Fresh Herbs
- Arugula Salad
- Arugula Soup
- Strawberry Arugula Salad
- Cilanto Lime Chicken
- Grilled Cilanto Salmon
- Shrimp Cilantro
- Mango Cilantro Slaw
I hope that in some small way that I have encouraged you’re to think about herbs in a different way. Herbs have so many valuable traits among them are herbal medicine and the amazing taste that they bring to foods of all kinds.
Maybe one day in the near future you’re will consider starting a herb garden. It is very simple to do and the benefits are great!
If you have any questions regarding this article please feel free to leave me a message in the comment section below.