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GROWING HERBS for BEGINNERS in KITCHEN or GARDEN

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Learn about 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.

Discover some of the most common herbs that are perfect when you are just starting with growing herbs for beginners!

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Potted Herb Garden Collection.

1. Parsley

SUMMARY: Slightly Pungent. Use Fresh or Dried. Perfect for color, flavor and garnish. High in Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron

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PARSLEY

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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Parsley

Parsley is widely used in European,  Middle Eastern, and American cooking. Curly leaf parsley is often used as a garnish. In central Europe, eastern Europe, and southern Europe, as well as in western Asia, many dishes are served with fresh green chopped parsley sprinkled on top. Root parsley is very common in central, eastern, and southern European cuisines, where it is used as a snack or a vegetable in many soups, stews, and casseroles. *
 

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2. Oregano

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.

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OREGANO

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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Oregano

Oregano is related to the herb marjoram, sometimes being referred to as wild marjoram. It has purple flowers and spade-shaped, olive-green leaves. It is a perennial, although it is grown as an annual in colder climates, as it often does not survive the winter.  Oregano is planted in early spring, the plants being spaced 30 cm (12 in) apart in fairly dry soil, with full sun. Oregano will grow in a pH range between 6.0 (mildly acidic) and 9.0 (strongly alkaline), with a preferred range between 6.0 and 8.0. It prefers a hot, relatively dry climate, but does well in other environments. *
 

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3. Thyme

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.

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THYME

“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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4. Basil

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. 

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BASIL

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.

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CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT

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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6. Chives

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.

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CHIVES

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.

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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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7. Rosemary

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. 

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Rosemary is more of an evergreen type plant. It has leaves that resemble pine or spruce needles. This herb does need some special care even when grown indoors. Furthermore, Rosemary is primarily used in savory meat dishes especially lamb, wild game, pork and fish.  Read about specific growing condition on How to Grow Rosemary

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8. Sage

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.

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SAGE

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.

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DILL

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.

Dill 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!

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In conclusion, growing herbs for beginners, it is probably easier to begin with started plants but you can also begin this new adventure from seeds. Pick a sunny location either outdoor or on a sunny windowsill and have fun!

10. Complete Herb Garden from Seeds: 

Here is a wonderful starter collection for direct seeding your new herb garden!

Culinary Herb Seed Collection

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Please Note:

*Information by asterisk is from wikipedia.com

Herbs are a perfect place to start for beginning gardeners!

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