Herb Gardening

lavender at halcyon acres

Lavender is a wonderful herb few seem to know how to use. Plant it in your garden and you'll be amazed how quickly you find ways to rev up the taste of so many dishes.

Herbs are so much fun to grow. Most are pretty hearty. Many are perennials. Plus, they’re so healthy, tasty and add such flavor to food that new flavor discoveries guide you happily away from unhealthy alternatives.

My favorite perennials (all offered through Halcyon Acres®) include:

  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender (iffy in Zone 5 as a perennial)
  • Chives

Annual staples include:

  • Basil
  • Cilantro (easy to harvest seeds for next year)
  • Dill (will reseed of allowed to fully mature)
  • Parsley (will reseed if you leave first year plants in the ground for a second year – two-year old plants are bitter, so you’ll need to crops before you can rely on self seeding supplies)
  • Garlic

For more ideas see Having Fun with Herbs and Growing Herbs in your Vegetable Garden.