I have always been lucky enough to have a place to grow some herbs out my back door. With the increasing popularity of home gardens it’s nice to know that herbs can be grown in a relatively small area or even in a pot on your porch or patio!
According to Wikipedia Herbs generally refers to the leafy green or flowering parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), while spices are usually dried and produced from other parts of the plant, including seeds, bark, roots and fruits. … In botany, the word “herb” is used as a synonym for “herbaceous plant”.
Where do I Start?
There are so many different herbs to choose from it might be a tough decision on which ones you’d like to grow. Starting out you can decide what herb you would use most in your kitchen then checking to see if that plant grows well in your area. You will have to do a little research on exactly what zone your live in. Your zone will help to eliminate some plants but will also help you decide which ones will grow easily for you. Here’s a great map of the US with the different zones. Check out your area and you will now know the correct zone. If you happen to live on the line dividing 2 zones it’s best to go with the colder one ( lower number) to be sure your plants will survive.
Which herbs should I grow?
Once you know your zone the fun part begins! What herbs should I grow? Think about what you will use the herbs for; cooking, seasoning or teas. Reading over the following list will give you plenty of ideas. There are many varieties of certain herbs so be sure to know which one you want.
The following list is includes some favorites of mine and most are very easy to grow.
This list only shows a few of the most popular herbs. Once you start growing them you will be excited to branch out and try some of the lesser known plants. Just remember anytime you plant herbs or any type of garden there are some things you must do but probably most important is that your plants are watered thoroughly especially during very hot times mid summer.
I hope this list inspires you to grow an herb garden this year.
Here is a chart with great information!