Spring is around the corner and the seed catalogs are arriving in the mail. It’s time to think of gardening. But did you know that you can have fresh herbs all year around?
The following is a list of 10 easy to grow herbs and their uses. Use decorative pots that you can place outside in warmer weather and keep inside during the cold. You will have fresh herbs to cook with all year round.
Tips for planting:
• Buy seedlings from your local nursery
• Make sure you have a spot inside where the herbs can get some sun.
• Use colorful containers that are 6-12 inches in depth
• Place potting soil on the bottom of the container
• Use soil with good drainage
• Water sparingly
• Fertilize once a month with fertilizers made for food that you will be eating
• Trim occasionally to encourage growth but never trim more than 1/3 of the plants foliage
Basil is an aromatic herb from the mint family (Ocimum basilcum) that is native to warm climates, has aromatic foliage and clusters of white flowers.
Complements: Chicken, tomato soup, yellow squash, scallops, asparagus, tomatoes and salads.
Mint grows well in shady areas but can stand full sun if watered continuously. Harvest as needed. Peppermint (Mentha piperita and spearmint (Mentha spicata) are two varieties of mint that are easy to grow.
Complements: Cakes, chocolate, syrups, teas, salads, peas and juices.
Chives are a small species from the onion family (Allium schoenoprasum) that have insect repelling properties.
Complements: Leeks, potatoes, biscuits, fish, soups eggs and sweet potatoes.
Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a member of the mint family and is used in Turkish, Greek, Italian and Latin American cuisine.
Complements: Chicken, salad, lamb, olives, capers, Coucous and sauces.
Sage Ornamental and medicinal plant from the mint family that is also used to preserve meat and is known by the Latin name (Salvia).
Complements: Stuffing, lamb, pork, poultry, veal and other comfort foods.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a fragrant evergreen that also has small pale, blue flowers and is also a member of the mint family.
Complements: Chicken, turkey, breads and desserts.
Parsley is used as a spice in American, European and Middle Eastern cooking. Most people think of it only as a garnish but it is high in vitamin A & B as well as calcium and iron.
Complements: Soups, breads, lamb, chimichurri and potatoes.
Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus L) is one of four herbs used in French cooking and is has the aroma of anise.
Complements: Salads, tarts, chicken, eggs, lasagna and vinagrette.
Thyme (Thymus) is used for seasoning as well as medicinal purposes. Thyme was also used by the Ancient Egyptians for embalming.
Complements: Green beans, lamb chops and chicken.
Lavender is in the mint family and is used as an ornamental dried flower because of its fragrant purple flowers. They also deter moths.
Complements: Chicken, biscotti, cookies, sorbet, brulee breads, cookies and jellies.
Where to buy seedlings in the Burlington area
Gardener’s Supply online, order by phone 1-888-833-1412 or visit them at their two locations.
128 Intervale Road in Burlington 802-660-3505
Or Williston Store & Gardener’s Supply Outlet 472 Marshall Avenue, Williston, VT 05495
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday