It’s the time of year when fresh vegetables and fruits are abundant. So why not serve up your meals with some herbs as fresh as the foods they complement with a summer herb garden? Herb gardens are great for beginner gardeners and garden gurus, alike. Tired of running to the grocery store each time you run out of your favorite herbs? Check out the video below for some expert tips on taking your summer herbs to the next level.
Get the most out of your summer herb garden
Tending an herb garden is great fun, and can produce amazing results with even minimal effort. Have “problem spots” in your garden that refuse to produce year after year? These spots are prime locations to plant mint, an amazingly versatile herb that will grow where other plants fail to thrive. (Hope you like mint, because it will surely pop up again and again, even under less-than-ideal growing conditions!)
Another low-maintenance (and surprisingly healthy) addition to your herb garden is parsley. Harvest it throughout the summer as a garnish for your favorite dishes, but don’t be surprised when it survives the winter and makes a comeback next year.
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When it comes to maximizing the quantity and quality of your herbs, planting them in a nice, rich loam and using organic fertilizers are always great ideas. You may also consider planting in window boxes for outdoor summer use, as they can be taken inside during the fall.
Cilantro is a must have for any herb garden. At the end of the season when your cilantro leaves are on the way out, watch out for coriander flowering into fruition. Just dry the seeds and you are ready to add an incredible pop to your favorite chicken, potato, or rice dishes.