8 Herbs That Are Good to Grow in Containers
There is no substitute for fresh herbs when it comes to creating a dish with that special garden fresh flavor. Herbs are wonderful plants to grow in containers. A good reason for having an herb garden in your kitchen is the convenience of having them right there within reach when you need them. I have compiled a list of my top 8 favorite herbs.
I love cilantro because there are so many uses for it. I use cilantro in my homemade salsas. It is also a common herb that is used in Thai cuisine. It grows very quickly so make sure you harvest often before it goes to seed. You can extend your growing season by planting a few seeds to start with and then a few more every so often so that you always have some growing.
Almost everyone loves basil. There are so many varieties to choose from so I recommend growing multiple varieties and experimenting with them. The flavors can range from sweet to spicy. Some of my favorites are Thai basil, globe basil, lemon basil, and holy basil.
I once bought an herb kit that included thyme and I didn’t know what to do with because I mainly cook Asian cuisine and thyme is not usually an ingredient. I decided to grow it anyway. It has helped me to expand my cooking range as I had to look up recipes that called for thyme. Now I am hooked on thyme. One of my favorite recipes is a crockpot chicken recipe that tastes like rotisserie chicken and it calls for thyme.
This is another easy growing herb that can be used as a garnish or it can be chopped and sprinkled on almost anything. It contains a high level of vitamin C which is another plus.
The scent of rosemary is heavenly. Whether it is used dried or fresh, it still tastes amazing. It is good in soups and stews. I love using rosemary to bread recipes. There is nothing like the combined scent of baked bread and rosemary.
Known for its many health benefits, mint is an essential herb that should be included in every herb garden. There are over 30 species of mint that contain menthol oil, which gives mint the characteristic cooling feeling. Mint grows like a weed and can overtake your garden space, so it is good to plant it in a container to control its growth.
A cousin to the onion, chives are usually not grown for their bulbs. Their spear-like leaves are used to flavor things like stew, casseroles, dips, and soups. Herbalist uses chives to reduce high blood pressure, tone the stomach, and strengthen the kidneys.
Italian food commonly comes to mind when people think about oregano. It is native to northern Europe and it is often in Mediterranean and Mexican cooking. It grows to about 20 inches high and prefers hot and dry climates.
When planting herbs in a single container, it is best to plant the tallest ones in the middle and the shorter ones around the outside edges. Herbs that are in the same pot should have similar water and lighting requirements as each other for best results.
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