How do I start a small herb garden?

Growing herbs is quite easy. All that most herbs require is plenty of sunlight and average soil conditions.

If you're just getting started with herbs, start with these. You'll find lots of uses for them in the kitchen.

  • Basil: Start from seeds or buy plants and allow at least 2 square feet for each plant. Basil is good for pesto, any tomato or Italian dish, and in Asian cooking.
  • Thyme: Cultivate this low-growing herb from plants or cuttings. Thyme's subtle flavors work with almost anything - meat or vegetables.
  • Dill: Once you plant dill, you'll never have to replant, because this tall airy herb self-seeds. This versatile herb is delicious with soups, salads, fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and many vegetables.
  • Rosemary: Start with a nursery-grown plant; seeds are difficult to germinate. Rosemary's fragrant leaves add a sweet pungent flavor to poultry, fish, and roasts - as well as tomatoes, potatoes, peas, mushrooms, eggs, and much more.
  • Chives: This smallest member of the onion family is a perennial that will self-propagate. After two or three years, when the bunches become too big, simply divide them into smaller bunches. The chives' sweet, mild onion flavor enhances nearly any meat or vegetable dish.

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