Herbs

When You Don’t Know Where To Start

Do you find yourself constantly buying the same herbs from the grocery store?
For me, it was thyme mostly. It’s probably one of my favorite herbs, so I lean towards recipes that include it.
Most weeks, I was grabbing a new pack of fresh herbs from the produce section, a couple of bucks each time… it seemed wasteful and expensive, and really, it is!
Fresh herbs make a huge difference in recipes, they freshen things up, quite literally.
Herbs are also great introduction into the world of backyard gardening. If you’re totally new, or don’t know where to start, I think herbs are a great first step.
The perks?
1. They’re easy to grow
2. They don’t take up much space (they grow great in containers and baskets)
3. You can grow them year round (if you have a sunny window sill)
4. It’s way cheaper in the long run
5. You increase your chances of being able to spontaneously throw together a recipe. When you decide you want to throw soup in a pot with staples you DO have in your pantry, it’s a real pain to run to the store for multiple herbs.
You can get herbs from nurseries, hardware stores and farmers markets.
A word to the wise though, only get herbs that you’ll use. It’s easy to get carried away and buy every herb in sight. But, give a little bit of thought to the herbs you use most often, and then buy those. 
This year, I planted: 
1. Thyme
2. Rosemary
3. Multi-colored sage
4. Basil
5. Chives
6. Oregano
7. Parsley
(excuse my cat in the above photo, she was helping me decide where to place each herb 😉 )
Once you pick your herbs, it’s as easy as choosing a container, and grabbing some high quality soil. You can plant herbs in window boxes, individual pots, or even hanging baskets.
Gently remove the herbs from their plastic pots, and plant! Just remember to give each herb some breathing room. If they grow like they should, they’ll need some space to spread out.
My herbs have filled up their container (it’s about 3.5 feet long), even though they had lots of extra room on each side when I first planted them.
 
Have questions? Leave a comment below! I’m happy to help.

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