I love spring and summer with all the lush foliage and flowers! One way that I like to make my garden more useful and also more beautiful is by planting fresh herbs. All you really need is a large pot or container, potting soil, and your herb of choice.
Here is what made it into my herb garden this year:
This is probably my favorite fresh herb. It is very fragrant and perfect to top Italian dishes like spaghetti, chicken parm, and pizza. Some studies even suggest basil has anti-inflammatory properties and that it is good for heart health. Try topping my homemade bruschetta with fresh basil if you want to give this herb a whirl!
This is such a cute herb – doesn’t it look like a little pine tree? It’s actually a very soft herb to the touch and adds a delicate flavor to seafood dishes. Try sprinkling dill on grilled salmon or pan seared tilapia or add it to homemade chicken salad. Hippocrates, who was the founder of modern medicine, actually used dill as a mouth cleaner – ancient toothpaste huh?? Haha, either way, dill has antioxidant powers which make it a good addition to any diet.
The mint plant actually has very firm leaves which make it stand up to many cooking techniques. I won’t lie to you, I bought this herb mainly because I want to learn to make mojitos Eating mint can actually calm an upset stomach and help alleviate headaches! How perfect with my sensitive tummy. Other ways you can use mint are to add it to vinaigrettes, juice, iced tea, or add to brownie batter for mint chocolate brownies <—probably my favorite suggestion by far!
Do you grow an herb garden? If so, what herbs do you plant?
*For more information about planting herbs, visit this site from The University of Illinois Extension
Here’s a look at last year’s garden —
I wonder how this year’s will compare??