Best Herbs for Home Growing

Herbs are a great way to season foods without using a lot of salt. Even better, you can grow them at home, so you always have some on hand. Here are the easiest herbs to grow at home.

Basil: Is used to make pesto and season sauces, vegetables, salads, meat, and fish. Plant seeds in a sunny window early in the spring,then transplant to garden at the beginning of summer. You can grow basil at home in your garden in late spring.

Chives: Chives are perfect for flavoringeggs, cheese, cream cheese, mashed potatoes, sauces, and spreads. Direct sow in spring or fall 1/2-inch deep. Plant rows 12-inches apart. When the seedlings are strong enough, thinthem to 6-inches apart. Also, you can purchase plants from a nursery in early spring and plant them directly into your garden.

Cilantro/Coriander: Cilantro is often used in preparation of Mexican and Latin foods such as guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, and more. Direct sow early in the spring. Plant seeds1/4-inch deep in rows that are at least 12-inches apart. Once seedlings are established, thin them to at least6-inches apart.

Dill: Dill is often used to flavor pickles, cucumbers, potato salad, and other dishes. Direct sow early in spring. Plant seeds1/4-inch deep and make sure rows are at least 9-inches apart. Once the seedlings are established, thin them to at least 9-inches apart.

Mint: Brew mint leaves to make tea, garnish cold drink, andmake mojitos. Spearmint is used to make mint sauce and jelly. Mint is extremely prolific and can easily take over a garden. Consider growing it in pot. Direct sow in either late fall or early spring.Plant a 6-inch pieces of root about 2-inches in the pot and 12-inches from each other. Keep them watered.

Parsley: Parsley is more than a garnish! It’s perfect for seasoning salads, soups, stews,casseroles, and egg dishes. Thinly sow the seeds directly in your garden inspiring for summer harvest and again in midsummer for fall harvest. Before planting, soak parsley seeds overnight. When seedlings are strong enough, thin to 12-inches apart.