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GROWING HERBS for BEGINNERS
Herbs are a wonderful addition to any kitchen garden, windowsill or container gardening. They are perfect for patio, flower pots & containers, windowsill or garden Here are some of the most common herbs that are perfect when you are just starting with growing herbs for beginners!
⇒If you are all excited & want to begin right away by growing herbs in pots outdoors or indoors, look at this:
SUMMARY: Slightly Pungent. Use Fresh or Dried. Perfect for color, flavor and garnish. High in Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron
Parsley is a wonderful starter herb as it is so easy to grow. It is a nice addition to savory dishes and salads, plus works extremely well as a garnish. Also works as a breathe freshener.
I love drying some of my fresh parsley for winter use! It is perfect in my Homemade Breakfast Sausage Recipe.
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SUMMARY: Complex flavor which resembles a cross between mint, thyme and rosemary. This herb is very often associated with Italian cooking with Spaghetti in particular. Oregano is a good source of calcium, manganese, vitamin K, fiber and iron.
This is one of those go-to herbs for anything related to spaghetti, pasta sauces and pizza. It is a wonderful aromatic herb that is perfect for any small herb garden or windowsill garden. Fresh and clean, it is the perfect herb to include in your Small Kitchen Garden.
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SUMMARY: Thyme is an age old herb with many culinary uses and long been favored as a preferred seasoning for stews, soups and meat dishes. It is one of the main ingredients in the herbs de Provence seasoning blend. Thyme has many medicinal uses as well.
“Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme…..” as the old Simon and Garfunkel song goes…..Thyme has been a century old seasoning for good reason. It is an aromatic herb used in savory type dishes. Perfect for hearty soups, stews and meat dishes. This is one of the many herbs that I use in making Homemade Lowfat Breakfast Sausage!
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SUMMARY: Basil belongs to the mint family. It is also called St John’s Wort and may offer anti-inflammatory benefits. The mint family can be identified by the square stems. All mint plants have this characteristic square stem so they are easy to recongize. May be used fresh or dried.
Basil is a very common well-known herb that is easily grown in your herb garden or on your windowsill. It is often associated with Vietnamese, Thai and Indonesian cooking. Sweet Basil is primarily used in Italian cuisine. It is the main ingredient in pesto. May be used fresh or dried. This is a perfect herb to start when growing herbs for beginners.
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5. Peppermint or Spearmint
SUMMARY: There are a wide variety of types of mint. Peppermint and Spearmint are the primary ones that are used in herb teas. Mint may offer medicinal qualities. Use Fresh or Dried.
Mint is sometimes taken to sooth stomach upsets or calm indigestion. It is used in a wide variety of herbal tea combinations. Mint is best grown in a controlled environment as it has a tendency to run wild and can be considered an invasive species due to its hardy nature. It propagated underground and will send up new growth in all directions.
Just be very careful of planting any type of mint in your vegetable, herb or flower garden as it will divide and conquer everything else…..but mint does have its redeeming qualities of being super hardy and very pleasant tasting. Try adding fresh mint leaves to your herbal tea or Cucumber Mint Infused Water.
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SUMMARY: Chives belong to the same family as onions, garlic and leeks. Pungent, distinctive flavor that goes well in soups, stews, meat & vegetable dishes plus dips and savory breads or crackers.
Chives are a wonderfully hardy, drought resistant plant in the allium family. They grow in clumps from bulbs. Chives produce beautiful roundish light purple flowers on hollow stems. They love a sunny location.
Chives are super easy to harvest. Simply cut the stems with scissors about one inch above the ground, rinse, dry, chop and freeze. I like to spread them on a cookie sheet so they freeze individually. This way you can just take a tablespoon or two or grab a handful from your freezer bags, containers or jars. They are perfect for any dish that requires a onion flavor plus green accent for color. One more thing……think about dehydrating some chives!!! See link below…..
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SUMMARY: Pungent and earthy. Use Fresh or Dried for color, flavor and garnish. Delicate evergreen that does not winter over well. Rosemary requires a temperate climate with high humidity.
Rosemary is more of an evergreen type plant. It has leaves that resemble pine or spruce needles. Rosemary is primarily used in savory meat dishes especially lamb, wild game, pork and fish. This herb does need some special care even when grown indoors. Read about specific growing condition on How to Grow Rosemary
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SUMMARY: Pungent and Savory. Very flavorful. Use Fresh or Dried. Sage is a source of vitamins and minerals to include: vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamine, and copper.
Culinary Sage is primarily used in savory meat and vegetable dishes. It is used fresh or dried. I always add a fair amount of dried sausage to my Low Fat Breakfast Sausage Recipe. Also, consider adding one teaspoon of sage to your favorite homemade chicken soup, bread stuffing for poultry or savory meatloaf recipes. Sage can be harvested throughout the growing season.
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9. Dill Weed
SUMMARY: Dill Weed is used in many dishes. It is colorful and flavorful.
Dill Weed is often added to dill pickles and other pickled foods. It is added to Greek, Slavic and Turkish dishes especially savory meat dishes that include fish, eggs, cheese and poultry. It has a strong distinctive flavor with a little going a long way. This herb is best grown outdoor as it grows to 2 feet tall. It is a perfect addition to any beginner’s herb garden!