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Types of Herbs

Posted by Alyssa on June 18, 2017

types of herbs

Planting different types of herbs in your garden is the perfect way to keep your kitchen well stocked. I have the perfect spot to put a raised planter box and am planning on starting an herb garden soon. There is nothing like walking out to your garden whenever you need some herbs for your dinner and having them fresh and waiting for you. If you’re interested in putting together your own herb garden, here are seven different types of herbs you might want to consider planting. 


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This is a very common herb that tastes delicious in almost anything! Make sure you plant your basil in a sunny spot and make sure you keep it well watered. Basil will flower, but be sure to remove any flower buds as soon as you see them to keep the basil leaves full of flavor. Harvest basil as you use it by pinching off leaves near the stem.  


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Chives are from the same family as onions, leeks, and garlic with a much milder flavor. Using chives in your dips, salads, and soups will add a lot of flavor. This herb can take over your garden if you let it, so make sure you remove flowers before the fade to keep the plant and it’s seed contained. Harvest chives by cutting the leaves about 1” above the soil.


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Often associated with Mexican or Asian food, cilantro is a great addition to your herb garden. This herb is a two-in-one - the seeds produce are actually coriander while the leaves are cilantro. Harvest the leaves as you need them.


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Lavender needs to have full sun and extremely well-drained soil, so make sure if you are planting this in the ground it is on the top of a slope. This plant produces a beautiful flower and smell. Harvest lavender by cutting the stems just as the flowers start to open, and make sure if you are using it for flavor you use it sparingly - a little goes a long way with this herb!


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This herb is often planted in its own container as it is invasive and can take over your garden if you aren’t careful. Make sure you remove any flowers that appear on the plant to avoid seeds spreading to areas you don’t want it to be. Harvest mint leaves as needed. The more frequently the stems are cut the more the plant will grow and produce new leaves, which have the best flavor.


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With a needle-like appearance similar to a fir tree, rosemary is a large plant that can grow 4-6 feet tall. Harvest rosemary as needed and consider drying some of the needles to be used later.


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Sage produces gray-green leaves with a soft texture. This herb needs full sun and well-drained soil and will grow 2-3 feet tall in the right conditions. Harvest the leaves as needed and, just like rosemary, think about drying some of the leaves for later use.


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Thyme is a popular herb that needs full sun. It’s important to pinch off the tops of stems during the growing season to make sure the plant is growing and staying fresh. Old Thyme can begin to get woody and will not be as good as the young stems.


What are different types of herbs in your garden? Any tips on getting mine to grow?

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