After months of being indoors during the winter, it’s time to go out and start enjoying your backyard. It’s also time to get your garden in shape to make it look beautiful and produce fresh food. Once your garden is ready, there are plenty of plants you can grow.
While certain plants will make your yard smell amazing and some of them can help fight soil erosion, herbs are a great addition to add color, tasty smells, and even make a great addition to almost any dish! Since spring can be tricky – some days are hot while others are freezing, not all herbs can be planted this time of the year. That’s why we want to share with you the best garden herbs to plant in spring.
Every lover of Mexican or Asian cuisine should always have some fresh cilantro at hand. It can completely change the taste of the dish, making it more flavorful. Its seeds are known as coriander and are commonly used as a cooking spice, mostly in Indian and Middle East dishes. Cilantro grows super fast. Just after 30 days, you can already enjoy its delicious leaves. Once the threat of frost has passed, you can start planting it. However, do not hesitate for too long, since it likes cool weather to grow.
There are plenty of reasons why you should grow mint. You can use it to make a refreshing tea or add it to various dishes giving them an original flavor. But did you know that it is also one of the best plants when it comes to attracting beneficial insects, such as butterflies? For the best results, plant it in moist yet well-drained soil and provide it with a lot of sun, with only partial shade. It is also recommended to plant it in a pot because it tends to compete with other plants in the ground.
Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb that everybody should have in both their gardens and kitchens. It loves warm areas, and if you provide it with perfect conditions, it can grow up from 3 to 5 feet in height. When the chances of frost are gone, you can immediately start to plant it. The soil should have a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0 and be rich in nutrients. Rosemary likes regular watering, so make sure the soil is always moist but let it dry between watering to be well-drained.
It’s amazing how often we use basil when we cook. There are a few types that you can find, such as sweet, purple, lemon, or Thai basil. All of them taste great and should be planted in your garden. Basil likes warm climates. That’s why it’s best to plant it once there is no longer a danger of frost and when the soil is already warm. If you want it to thrive, make sure it has access to the sun for at least 6 to 8 hours a day. Keep the soil moist and well-drained, and make sure it is slightly acidic to neutral.
If you have basil in your garden, you also have to plant oregano since these two herbs are inseparable. Just like basil, it can be used in a wide variety of dishes, especially in Italian cuisine. It loves a warm climate and hot temperatures. Therefore allow it to be exposed to the full sun for most of the day. Don’t forget to water it frugally during the season. However, keep in mind the soil always has to be well-drained.
Anise has this rich original flavor that cannot be compared to anything else you can grow. It’s also a perfect plant if you want moths and butterflies to visit you regularly. What is more, it can repel some unvisited guests, such as cabbage worms or root knots nematodes. When it comes to planting, it is recommended to have soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. Anise prefers a warm climate, so make sure it has enough sun during the day.
Parsley, besides being delicious, has many other benefits. One of them is that it is rich in Vitamin C and iron. Thanks to its rich green color, it can also make your garden look gorgeous. It thrives best when provided with moist and well-drained soil, as well as fun sun to partial shade. It needs plenty of water, so do not forget about watering it regularly and letting the soil dry between waterings, especially during the dry months.
To Sum Up
Growing herbs is beneficial on many different levels. They can enrich the flavor of your food for a fraction of the price you would have to pay for them in a supermarket. They also beautify your garden and have an amazing fragrance that will make your stay in the yard even more pleasant! Just make sure you know how to plant them correctly in spring and enjoy their tasty flavor!