Herbs are expensive – Grow your own

Herbs Fresh or Dried purchased from your local Supermarket or Farmers Market are exceeding expensive.

These are sample prices taken from Walmart:
Litehouse Basil Freeze Dried Herbs $15.00 an ounce

McCormick Gourmet Organic Crushed Rosemary, $4.45 an ounce

Litehouse Chives $17.00 an ounce

Litehouse Parsley $14.00 an ounce

McCormick Gourmet Organic Thyme $7.60 an ounce

The best solution is to grow your own Herbs. Herbs take up little space and are very forgiving if neglected.
Most herbs will do well in containers, window boxes and planted directly in your garden soil.
If herbs are conventionally located to you and your kitchen you are more willing and more likely to use them when cooking and serving meals.

Herbs Make Common Foods Taste Special

Sage is a herb that does well if properly cared for. It requires a lot of pinching and cutting to keep it from becoming woody. As a rule, sage will need to be replanted about every 3 years since it will become woody with few leaves no matter what, so keeping it in a pot makes this change that much easier. Sage dries very well and if you pinch the leaves throughout the growing season, put a rubber band on them and keep them dry and in a dark place after drying. You will have wonderful sage all winter to give your family and guest a special treat.

Sage Use leaves flowers fresh or dried with stuffings for fish, poultry, and meat, pâté, eggs, poultry, pork, beef, lamb, pasta, cheeses cheddar, cream, and cottage, sauces brown and meat, soups cream and chowder, beef stews, and vegetables.

Rosemary is always a kitchen favorite. It dries perfectly, holds its strong taste all winter, comes indoors and keeps growing in a sunny window and is rarely bothered by insects.
Use rosemary for many herb standards or topiaries. The woody stem is perfect for crafting. The stem also seconds as skewers so each harvest yields two separate herb crops. 1)leaves and 2)stems.
Keep the stems in a freezer bag and use them for grilling skewers. Rosemary doesn’t like to sit in water it likes to dry out between watering. Being in its own container makes the herb grow that much hardier, since it can receive special care.

Basil is one of the most popular and rewarding herbs to grow in a container. It really lends itself well to the other popular container plants like the tomato. Basil likes to have plenty of water to keep its fleshy stems and tender leaves plump, but is susceptible to mildew. In a container, you must be sure the plant gets plenty of airflow.

Thyme is an undervalued herb. Many times it gets planted and never used. Thyme deserves a higher standing on our list of culinary herbs!
It will thrive in a container environment, needing only minimal watering. Some varieties grow into small shrub like plants that enhance an entrance to your home. It’s tiny purple flowers are lovely. Being such a low maintenance herb, thyme will fit in your container garden.

Mint is notorious for getting away from gardeners. You plant one and soon twenty will follow. Planting a bottomless pot into your garden is one way of controlling mint, but keeping it out of the garden completely, by using a separate container, is a better idea. Mint is so tasty, it will be used more often if it is handy.

Chives Leaves/Flowers Use in fresh or frozen soups, salads, salad dressings, eggs, dips, vegetables, chicken, soft cheese spreads, butters, white sauces, and fish.

English Thyme Use leaves flowers with fresh or dried wild game, beef, soft cheeses, fish, chowders, pâté, vegetables, and tomato sauce.

Tarragon French or Spanish Use leaves fresh or dried with chicken, fish, eggs, tomato juice, butters especially nice on steak, vinegar’s, salads, mustard’s, hollandaise, béarnaise and tartar sauce, soups, chicken, fish, mushroom and tomato and marinades for fish, lamb or pork.

Greek Oregano Use leaves fresh or dried
in white and tomato sauces, stews, soups, fish, lamb, pork, vegetables, butters, and vinegar’s.

Rosemary Use leaves fresh or dried
with beef, lamb, fish, poultry, stuffings, soups, stews, fruit cups, soups chicken, pea, and spinach, vegetables, and marinades.

Hint of the Day: Use fresh herbs blended with ‘real’ butter or sour cream for that special taste. Herb’s go well with fresh baked potato’s, snack dips and fresh garden salads.

14 responses to “Herbs are expensive – Grow your own

  1. So true and so worth growing your own! I need to do more of it myself!

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  2. Thanks for the post! Actually, would you have any tips for me? My herbs keep dying indoors in snowy winter. Basil always first to die, thyme struggle and eventually dies. I love rosemary but rare that it grows or survive the whole season (now struggling). Mint rarely survive indoors. I cannot wait til winter is over…

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    • More often than not house plants suffer the most from over watering.
      Sad grin… Not enough sun light, water or temperature is to low.
      To much sun light, water or temperature is to high.

      Happy successful gardening

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  3. Great idea to do an herb 🌿 garden. I’m trying to decide whether to start a garden. You are so right about that mint. I think I finally got rid of it. Also rosemary grows like crazy in Southern CA people use them as hedges. Smells good when you walk past them. Thanks for the herb info.

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  4. I agree! I’ve been growing my own herbs for decades (Oops! I guess I just dated myself).

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  5. Thanks for the post! Im planning the new garden and definitely need to include the spices.

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  6. Great article. For the last 2 years, I have been raising my herbs in raised beds. It stops the invasive ones from spreading and they do exceedingly well, plus they save my back. I raised more than I needed and will do so again this season.

    I also turned an old wooden bed frame into an herb drying rack and have that thing parked in my living room and when the herbs are hanging the house smells wonderful. Well, I think so anyway even if my hubs say the oreganos can be overbearing!

    I think this year I will lean more on the aromatherapy varieties for potpourris such as lavender, rosemary, thymes and mints, and a few others. And do more flowers for appearance in the potpourri and for wreaths. I want to get to the point I have plenty for making wreaths.

    Join me at my new blog at https://homespun226874669.wordpress.com/homestead-herb-index/ I am constantly adding on new pages and you can also visit my old blog pages as I get more connected.

    Keep up the wonderful work! Love sharing your pages too!

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