Top 12 Must-Have Herbs To Grow In Your Kitchen Garden
Want to have an herb garden that your friends and neighbors will “oooh” and “aaaah” at? Peruse this list of the top 12 must-have herbs for your kitchen garden to learn how to plant, grow, and use the best and most popular herbs around!
Much like other Alliums (garlic, onions, shallots) growing chives can help to drive away harmful insect pests like aphids and mosquitoes from your garden. Also characteristic of Alliums, chives are high in sulfur – a natural antibiotic. When ingested, chives offer anti-inflammatory and digestive properties.
Dried or fresh chives make excellent additions to fish, soups, potatoes, and vegetable dishes. Dice up immature, unopened flower buds for a light onion-like flavor that is slightly more pungent than chopped chive leaves, but less over-powering than onions themselves.
Grow your own chives from seed by sowing indoors, then transplanting outdoors in the spring or fall. Chives may also be sown directly outside. After several years, divide and replant clumps in early spring. To get the most fresh chives from your plants, remember to harvest by cutting completely across the base of the plant, leaving about 1/2” stubs above ground. Removing all of the leaves at once will encourage the plant to regrow. Preserve chives at the end of the season by drying or by adding fresh herbs to oil, butter, or vinegar.
|Germination:||7 – 14 days|
|Hardiness:||Zones 3 – 9|
|Light preference:||Sun / Part shade|
|Soil conditions:||Rich, moist, well-drained|
|Fertilizer:||Incorporate compost at time of transplant and fish emulsion
or other balanced plant food every 3 – 4 weeks thereafter.
|Height:||12 – 18”|
|Spacing:||4 – 8”|
|Time to Harvest:||varies|