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Best Herbs for a Backyard Herb Garden

Apr 13, 2015
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Diane Hoffmaster

Backyard herb gardens are a great way to not only save money (that would normally be spent at the grocery store), but also add a great boost of flavor to all of our favorite meals. Fresh herbs are rather expensive to buy but taste far superior to anything you can buy in a jar. The key to a successful backyard herb garden is to position it near plenty of sun, use well-drained soil, and frequently trim the plants to ensure their quick growth. For additional tips on how to grow a successful organic herb garden, check out my post here.

Best herbs for a backyard herb garden 

Keep in mind that some herbs are much more difficult to grow than others. Personally, I have had very little success with cilantro, but the parsley I’ve planted grows like a weed! If you would like to start a backyard herb garden, here are a few easy herbs you can grow to get you started.

  • Basil: Basil is a very commonly used herb in most Italian recipes and grows well when positioned towards direct sunlight and supplied with plenty of water. Make sure you add some compost before planting since it prefers a more fertile soil. The best part – I have yet to encounter a pest that likes to eat basil, so you should have no problems with bugs eating it before you do!
  • Parsley: Parsley is incredibly hardy and can survive through a light frost fairly well. That being said, you can start planting parsley pretty early in the spring season and have it last well into fall. However, be cautious when choosing a spot in your garden for the plant as it does better with partial shade in the heat of the summer. I found that the best place for it is near the house, or in a separate pot that is easy to move.
  • Chives: Chives are a perennial herb, meaning they will keep coming back year after year. They are essentially tiny onions that are grown for their leaves and blooms rather than their bulbs.  You can trim the greens off the top throughout the entire growing season to give them room to grow. An added bonus – they make beautiful flowers in late summer that attract a number of pollinators.
  • Rosemary: Rosemary is a shrub and grows best in hot, dry, sunny spots. Well drained soil is the key to good growth with this plant. It is also very drought tolerant. Rosemary is easy to dry in a dehydrator and will last years when properly stored.
  • Mint: Mint is incredibly easy to grow, although you need to make sure it is well contained. If left to spread, it will take over your entire garden. This is one herb you may want to plant in a pot as it is incredibly hardy and difficult to kill. Use it to flavor your iced tea for a refreshing summer beverage.

Which herbs do YOU find easy to grow?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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