Having an herb garden is a fantastic way to make every dish you prepare fresher and more flavorful. Don’t be intimidated by starting an herb garden. It’s easy, and if you include these varieties in your herb garden, you’ll be cooking with your own herbs in no time.
Parsley is a must have addition to any herb garden. Definitely plant some of the usual curly parsley in your herb garden, but consider planting Italian parsley too. Not only does it look different, but it also has a stronger flavor. If the weather is warm enough in your region, you can sow the seeds right in your garden. Alternatively, plant them in a small indoor greenhouse and raise them until they are seedlings before transplanting them outdoors.
Delicious on steaks, seafood and everything in between, cilantro is another popular choice to include in your herb garden. Choose a spot with full sun, and sow the seeds a week or so before the final frost in your area.
If you love fish and veggies, then you’ll definitely want to make room in your herb garden for dill. It smells fantastic as it grows in a sunny spot in your herb garden. Plant the seeds in your garden about a month before the last frost, and thin the seedlings later to make sure there’s at least six inches of space between them.
Chives aren’t too picky about having full sun. Partial shade is okay for them. Their subtle onion flavor is a hit on a wide range of dishes. Place the seeds about eight to twelve inches apart. Feel free to plant seeds directly in your herb garden or get them started indoors.
For making eggs and salads more flavorful, nothing beats chervil. Sow the seeds in a partly shady section of your herb garden for the best success. Get them in the ground about a month before the last frost, and keep about six inches between plants.