The Top 5 Herbs You Should Be Growing in your Garden

Erin Conant

Harvesting food from our own gardens is an activity humans have been savoring for centuries. And it’s truly not difficult to do.

Forget fighting the crowds at the grocery store in search of fresh herbs for your Thanksgiving meal. Imagine instead being able to harvest generous clippings of your own homegrown herbs for your holiday meal preparation.

Harvesting food from our own gardens is an activity humans have been savoring for centuries. And it’s truly not difficult to do.

Here are the top five easiest herbs to grow:

Rosemary – Tolerant of both clay and sandy soils and unscathed by heat, rosemary is a versatile and fast-growing evergreen perennial. Over-watering is the easiest way to destroy this rich-smelling culinary favorite.

Thyme – Also very tolerant of heat, thyme makes a great addition to herb butters for seasoning turkeys, as found in this delicious recipe.

Parsley – Although not long-lived, parsley can be easily and quickly grown from seed. Plant the seeds in September for a November harvest, or plant in February for an April harvest.

Mint – Mint is so easy to grow, I do advise that you plant it in a large container unless you want to it to take over your garden bed! Once established, it’s quite difficult to kill.

Sage – Salvia officinalis is a savory and commonly used herb for Thanksgiving dressing or stuffing. Most herbs need a full eight hours of sun to thrive, but common sage relishes some afternoon shade, making it the perfect easy-to-grow choice for your shadier garden beds.

 

 

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