You don’t need to be an experienced chef or gardener to have your own herb garden. Herb gardens can be started and maintained in both indoor and outdoor settings and add some flair to your recipes. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are a few tips for growing your own herbs and getting creative in the kitchen.

Choose your herbs

When deciding on which herbs are right for you, consider if you want to grow indoors or outdoors based on the climate of your region. If you reside in a cold location, keeping herbs indoors might be best. Also, consider how much time and attention you have to make your herb garden a success. Some of the easiest and most popular herbs to grow are basil, rosemary, chives, parsley, tarragon, lavender, dill, and mint.

Starting and Maintaining Your Garden

Once you have chosen your space and which herbs you are going to grow, the gardening process is fairly simple. Herbs need to be planted, watered and harvested frequently for the best results. Many herbs like oregano, chives, and parsley can be grown in pots or containers indoors or planted in a well-lit soiled area outside. Deciding when to harvest depends on the herb, but they generally should be harvested before they flower. Removing approximately 1/3 of the growth with scissors will keep herbs growing at a more bountiful rate and better quality.

Get cooking

Once you have your herb garden up and running, it’s time to head into the kitchen to put your homegrown herbs to use. Knowing which herbs to pair with certain foods can be tricky, but some of our favorites are using basil for making homemade pesto, rosemary herbs for grilled pork loin and dill for salmon. Some other options include using parsley, chives and tarragon for making herb butter to grill steaks or sea bass.

More than just food

Your homegrown herbs can be used for other household items in addition to food. Get creative outside of the kitchen by using lavender and cilantro to make bath bombs, soap, baking soda or decorations, or rosemary to make fresh herbal hair rinses. Mint can be used as an insect and mice repellent to keep unwanted pests out of your kitchen, or even as garnishments in your favorite teas and cocktails.

We hope you have some great ideas to take with you from your garden to the kitchen or your household! To make your meals with your homegrown herbs complete, be sure to order Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa.

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