When growing herbs in the garden, like any other plant or flower, it’s important to understand soil needs, moisture level requirements and light preferences. Some of my favorite herbs are really low maintenance and can reap a bountiful harvest each season.
Below are examples of popular herbs that can turn any brownthumb green! Not only are the herbs easy to work with, they are perennials, which means your herb friends will return year after year.
Perennial. Thrives in full sun and dry soil. Plant from seed in the Fall or use cuttings. You can also find plant ‘starts’, available at most Farmer’s Markets. Lavender is known for its fragrant leaves and is a hardy herb. Try infusing water or vodka with lavender for an added level of delicious.
Perennial. One of the most, hardy plants around! Oregano loves direct, full sun and well-drained sandy soil. You can grow from seed in the Spring or use cuttings. Oregano does really well with weekly cutbacks and is rambunctious in salads.
Perennial. Like thyme, rosemary can be grown indoors. While it’s a tender plant it is a hardcore survivor of the garden. Rosemary thrives in full sun and dry, well-drained soil. You can use thyme to infuse olive oil with rosemary, another trooper of the garden.
Perennial. Loves a good strong sun and thrives in well-drained, rich soil. Plant from seed in the Spring or use cuttings. You can also find plant ‘starts’, available at most Farmer’s Markets. Sage is a hardy plant and carries mystical and healing priorities… but that’s for another post, another time.
Perennial. Thrives in full sun and dry soil. Direct seed in Spring. You can also use cuttings or divisions to propagate and make Thyme babies for friends from your main plant! Like rosemary, thyme can be grown indoors as well.
***Lady Greenthumbs is a vegetarian, and while rosemary, thyme and sage are notoriously delicious on meat, Lady Greenthumbs cannot speak to that. If you’re a vegetarian too, try infusing olive oil with these herbs and use as glazes for tofu or seitan.