K: Kitchen Gardens

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K: KITCHEN GARDENS

kitchen gardenHerbs have many uses. They are known for their medicinal, aromatic, and insect-repellent properties, just to name a few. However, most people probably know herbs for their culinary uses. An herbal kitchen garden is one the most common themed gardens.

The herbs you’d want for a kitchen garden vary according to your own particular taste buds, coupled with the amount of space you have available, how much cooking you do, and what your gardening preferences are.

Many people are content with just one or two pots of their favorite herbs. Others have whole areas of the garden allocated to herbs they cook with. While having a large plot in the garden for herbs is nice, a smaller area close to the back door may have you using your herbs more. Quicker, easier access, just outside the backdoor is more convenient than having to traipse clear out back to the garden, especially if you have a pot just starting to simmer inside.

kitchen garden3.jpgSome window sills are sunny enough to be a great spot for a few small pots of your favorites. Our kitchen window is on the north side, underneath a covered back patio. Not a drop of sunlight enters the kitchen, so this doesn’t work at our house. If the herbs don’t get enough sun, they’ll get thin, sparse and leggy. They won’t have as much flavor either.

What herbs are good for kitchen gardens?

Here’s a dozen of my favorite culinary herbs:

Basil

Chives

Dill

Garlic

Lemongrass

Marjoram

Oregano

Parsley

Peppermint

Rosemary

Sage

Thyme

The University of California has a nice two page summary list with plant size, sun requirements, harvest times etc.: Basic Herbs for a Kitchen Garden

Here’s a good site with more in depth information about planting a kitchen garden: How to Plant a Kitchen Herb Garden

For those without a lot of room, here’s a good site: Tips for a Small-Space Kitchen Herb Garden

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12 thoughts on “K: Kitchen Gardens

  1. So I recently just planted all 3 of those herbs in a pallet planter outside (rosemary, mint, and parsley) Out of curiosity, how often do you water your plants and what kind of soil did you use?

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    • Depends on the weather, temps, and where you live. Also the sun/shade exposure. Pots and planters tend to require more water than plants in the ground. Rosemary likes to dry out between watering. The mint will like a little it a little moister. So if soil still isn’t quite dry, you might want to add a little more on the mint. Parsley is kind of between the two. Not as drought tolerant as rosemary, yet doesn’t want as much water as mint.
      In planters, I use a potting soil.
      Right now I’m watering my outside pots once or twice a week. As it warms up and we get into our Texas weather, they’ll need it daily.

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  2. Don’t have space to grow herbs myself, but remember my mum growing them, different herbs but the freshness and magic the same. Can’t compare to the store bought stuff.

    Happy A-Zing!
    Nilanjana.
    Ninja Minion
    Madly-in-Verse

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  3. I’ve never had much luck with indoor herbs, but I always keep a few in the yard. I like to landscape with edibles, so next to our pizza oven, what else would I plant but basil and rosemary? People get a big kick out of grabbing leaves off the plant and adding them to a pizza right before it goes in the oven. I made the mistake of grabbing the lemon basil for pizza one night. Not a good combination. It’s great in water though!

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