The Roanoke Times’ gardening columnist, Karen Hager, recently wrote a column about growing herbs. It was timely and informative, so I would highly encourage you to check it out if you have not already.
I agree wholeheartedly with Karen when she says herbs are the best way to branch out from growing flowers to gardening for food or medicinal purposes. Before I started growing vegetables, I created a small herb garden just outside my side door, so anytime I need fresh herbs I can dart down the steps from the kitchen and pick some.
I currently have rosemary, thyme, oregano, and garlic chives. Although Karen suggests treating rosemary as an annual or bringing it indoors, my rosemary has done so well outdoors that it’s about to devour the house. In fact, I’d still have sage if that doggone rosemary bush had not choked it out. Of course, this lazy gardener probably could have cut it back and prevented that from happening, but I’d also suggest leaving plenty of room around your rosemary in case it goes crazy.
All of the herbs I grow have been extremely easy to care for, and I plan to add more this year. I will replace my sage, plus add annuals in the form of basil, cilantro and mint. I think I’m the only person in the world who managed to accidentally kill a mint plant. It generally grows like a weed, but mine was not happy with a transplanting.
So as you can see, I’m no gardening expert. But Karen’s column includes information and growing advice for the herbs I mentioned, as well as several others. I have not decided exactly what I will grow in terms of vegetables this year, but I need to get on it. My other project this year will be to create a long overdue compost pile. I’m going to blog about that when I get going.
If you have an herb garden, what advice can you share with aspiring gardeners?
If you plan to grow herbs for the first time this year, what will you plant and how do you plan to use them?