Grow Your Own Herbs for Amazing Fresh Flavor

Posted by Jennifer on 5/7/2014
Growing your own herb garden may sound a bit daunting but it’s easier than you might think and the pay-off is that you will be supplied with endless fresh flavors to use all season. Herbs are a perfect way to flavor grilled foods. Add some extra zest to those grilled beef, grilled chicken or grilled fish items with your homegrown herbs.

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Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your herb garden:

  • Basil: grows very easily with sun and only requires watering every other day. Layer between slices of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes then add balsamic vinegar for a beautiful and flavorful salad. Or add to your ground beef and use to make perfect pizza burgers.
  • Cilantro: requires deep soil and sunshine but otherwise very hardy. Wonderful flavor to add to any salad and especially good with tomatoes and avocado!
  • Chives: don’t require a lot of light. Add sliced to any salad or sprinkle atop a grilled baked potato with sour cream.
  • Dill: needs deep soil and full sun but can be watered every other day. Adds fresh flavor to cucumber salad and dips. Dill is delicious with grilled salmon and a honey mustard marinade.
  • Lavender: requires daily doses of water and sunshine. Add to vanilla ice cream and drizzle honey on top for a fabulous desert.
  • Mint: you might want to consider planting this in another area of your yard as mint grows very easily and spreads and can easily take over your herb garden. This herb adds a refreshing taste to almost anything. It is often picked and added to beverages such as lemonade, iced tea or just plain ice water. Mint is often used for a number of grilled dishes.
  • Parsley: grows easily without intense sunlight and adequate watering. Add to homemade hummus for a healthy spread.
  • Rosemary: thrives in sunlight with frequent watering. Excellent when added to red potatoes coated with a little olive oil, sea salt and pepper and grilled in a vegetable basket.
  • Thyme: needs lots of sunlight and daily watering. Use with cherry tomatoes and add to chicken and then grill them together.
Gardening is a great way to find ways to add flavor to your food and the convenience of having herbs right in your own backyard is priceless. With your own herb garden you can save a lot of money and you can be sure your favorite food dishes are using the freshest ingredients. Each of these herbs grow fairly easily and will not require much attention. Use them to explore different types of recipes and enjoy your time grilling and eating in your own backyard.