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6 Fresh Herb Starts to Add to Your Indoor or Outdoor Garden

Mar 24, 2017

Starting an herb garden doesn't require much space. You don't need a big yard like you would for a full vegetable garden. All you need is a few small planters, potting soil, and some sunlight. These conditions can exist on a porch, in your yard, or next to a southern-facing window inside your home.

If you're ready to try your hand at herb gardening, here are six go-to options perfect for beginner green thumbs. Visit Carpinito Brothers today to get your locally grown Carpinito Grown herb starts. Please note: nursery items are subject to availability.

1. Parsley: This is an ideal herb for those who are new to growing their own herbs. Parsley adds bright, fresh flavor when tossed into a salad or sprinkled on top of Italian-style dinners. It's not just for garnish! Parsley has real nutritional value, with substantial levels of vitamin K and C along with folate and iron. It is a unique addition to green smoothies and can add depth to homemade pesto sauce.

2. Mint: Mint grows rapidly. In fact, it can become invasive if left to its own devices in some spaces. This herb has a reputation for spreading and bullying other plants out of backyard gardens. Because of this tendency, mint is an ideal herb to grow on its own in a medium or large planter. Growing in a planter prevents unwanted spreading. A little bit of fresh mint can spruce up your tea or coffee. Chew a few leaves to freshen your breath, or dry the leaves to add to fragrant DIY sachets.

3. Catnip: If you have feline companion animals, catnip is a must-grow. It is a member of the mint family, so individual planters are best to prevent this herb from encroaching on other plants. Offer some to your cats (and share with fellow cat-loving friends) either fresh or dried and crumbled. You can also steep the leaves into a pleasant, herbal tea to help promote relaxation. Some humans even use it as a substitute for cigarettes when quitting tobacco.

4. Oregano: Those who grow oregano typically do so for its culinary value. Oregano leaves offer a pleasant flavor and aroma that often intensifies when dried. Many cooks consider oregano a staple herb for seasoning pizza sauces. Oregano is easy to grow in the garden or in planters. It is a great starting point to practice growing and drying your own herbs.

5. Rosemary: Rosemary is one of the most classic flavors. Whether you're using it to season lamb or infuse a cocktail, rosemary adds a unique and refreshing herbal depth. Because rosemary is a woody herb, its leaves are more similar to pine or hemlock needles than flat leaves. Its appearance and fresh scent makes rosemary a pleasant addition to any herb garden. Additionally, this herb is relatively drought-tolerant, making it low-maintenance and ideal for warm seasons and drier regions.

6. Thyme: Thyme is another lovely and leafy green herb. It is used in many French seasoning blends, as well as Mediterranean and some Middle Eastern cuisines. Whole sprigs are sometimes used to infuse dishes. Like rosemary, thyme is drought-tolerant, which makes it a forgiving option for gardeners with brown thumbs and ideal for challenging weather conditions.

Starting with any combination of these six herbs is a great way to ensure gardening success during most seasons. Whether you're a green thumb with limited space or a first time herb gardener, rosemary, oregano, catnip, mint, thyme, and parsley are ideal herb garden plants.

Don't miss out on another growing season. Try your hand at a few herbs grown from starts and discover how rewarding (and delicious) herb gardening can be!