Well folks, spring is on the rise! Trees are beginning to bud, the temperatures are inching up, and herbs are HOT! One of the things I’d suggest is planting your own garden. Each herb will need 1-3 feet in space so a little corner in the backyard or even some pots will do.
Parsley is a wonderful and versatile spring herb to have nearby. There are two distinct types: one with curly leaves and the other flat leaf Italian variety that’s more flavorful and bears resemblance to cilantro. You’ll want to plant your seeds about a week before the last spring frost for optimal growing potential.
Speaking of cilantro, the beautiful herb is fabulous and often found in Mexican and Indian Cuisine! These seeds can be planted a week or two before the late spring frost and again in late summer. If you have a sunny patch in your garden, let the cilantro have it.
Mint is incredibly refreshing and can brighten any recipe. It’s a mainstay in any herb garden, but make sure to plant it alone as it will take over the entire area, and maybe even the whole yard.
Basil, perhaps the quintessential ingredient in Italian and Thai cooking, is another laid back herb. Basil plants need ample water to retain moisture, so water frequently and make sure it does not overheat and flower. Once flowered, basil leaves lose their flavor.
Now keep your herbs in full sun – unless you’re in an extremely hot region. If the latter is the case, then your herbs may very well appreciate some afternoon shade. Remember to water regularly, and don’t forget to enjoy them along the way!