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Five Easy Herbs to Start Your Garden

I know that many of you wish you had an herb garden, and luckily, they are very easy to get going. For real beginners, iVillage has rounded up five very easy herbs to grow in your garden.

Not only will these durable plants require very little maintenance, but they're also herbs that show up commonly in recipes. Now, rather than buying big bunches of herbs and watching them go bad, you can just snip off your own supply. For the five good beginner herbs,

  • Basil differs from many popular herbs in its preference for moist, rich soil conditions. It's a summer-growing annual and is frost-sensitive.
  • Cilantro, or coriander, a pungent herb of tropical Asian origin, is related to parsley. It requires warmth and plenty of water in the summer growing season. The plant tends to run to seed, so make sure you buy a nonbolting variety.
  • Mint is a flavoring herb with many varieties, tastes, and aromas. Popular varieties include apple, spearmint, and peppermint. Mint spreads profusely, so keep the plants contained.
  • Oregano and marjoram are very similar and are often confused: Marjoram is the milder tasting of the two. Use either one in stuffings or in dishes with a Mediterranean flavor. Golden and variegated forms are useful ground covers.
  • Sage, particularly common sage, is a major culinary herb, but most other members of the Salvia family have cosmetic uses.


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OChottie OChottie 9 years
I only have a small patio, otherwise my garden would have many more veggirs! I didn't mean to post so much lol I got excited!
OChottie OChottie 9 years
I have a bounty of basil! The basil is about six babies potted together to make a bush. I currently have rosemary, sage, parsley, cilantro and oregano too! I also tried dill this year it seems to be doing well but I'm not sure when to start using it. I always seem to kill mint. I guess it's not meant to be because Mom says if you kill mint you shouldn't grow herbs... I also have 2 large planter boxes of carrots as well as one large box of scallions and garlic. I have a jalapeno and bell pepper that are doing so well right now it's ridiculous. The recent heavy winds took all my limes though.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i love to grow all of those, too! Rosemary is really easy as well.
TrinityOne TrinityOne 9 years
You could grow basil in a window. Its really easy to care for, I've found.
abryant850 abryant850 9 years
would gowing basil work in a bay window? or does it need to be outside?
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
Great idea. For me, basil, cilantro, mint, rosemary and thyme would be the combo of herbs used most.
bookgirl bookgirl 9 years
Thanks for posting. I just moved this past weekend and was thinking about buying some herbs to put in my apartment for cooking (plus we need some plants).
shoshie shoshie 9 years
Great idea. I always feel wasteful because I buy a bunch of herbs, use them in one recipe and then it goes unused.
libs1dlab libs1dlab 9 years
I love my fresh herbs. I currently have basil, rosemary, mint and sage growing in containers. I love the basil with my home grown tomatoes. You have to be careful with mint, because it really does like to take over. I have been told that if you can take a 5 gallon paint bucket and cut out the bottom, set it in the ground, and after filling it with soil, you can plant your mint in it. This is supposed to keep it from spreading and taking over your garden. I think I'll try it this fall because I have no room for my mint plant indoors.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Yay! Great post for us want-to-be-budding gardeners!
megafie megafie 9 years
I have rosemary and oregano growing on my windowsil. The rosemary is pretty easy to care for, but the oregano will get brown if I forget to water it for a day!
TrinityOne TrinityOne 9 years
I aways have some basil, thyme and rosemary growing. I always seem to use those three the most in recipes.
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