For the rest of April, I’m going to devote my posts to herbs. Why herbs? Well, a couple of reasons. For one thing, I think that if folks are trying to incorporate some edibles into their gardens, herbs are a good way to start. They might be more forgiving than some of the other edibles, at least in terms of space and watering.
And even if folks don’t feel confident of their abilities to grow full blown vegetables (maybe I’ll devote next month to why you don’t need the back 40 to do that), most anyone can keep a pot of thyme alive on a deck or windowsill.
And best of all, while vegetables have a distinct season, herbs can be grown most of the year (with the right light, some can be grown year round) and can be used to flavor almost every kind of food.
So why herbs? Because they are the easiest, most forgiving kind of edibles to grow. Some will even take a good deal of shade. Many are quite forgiving of watering lapses. Most have some alleged kind of health benefit (although wait a minute–that too may change and next year they’ll all be horrible for us!)
Best of all, fresh herbs make whatever it is we’re cooking–even store bought food straight from the box or can–taste better. So what’s not to like?
And while we can all disagree on what our favorite herbs are, we have to agree that they’re readily available–even supermarkets sell pots of organic herbs.
So don’t be timid about trying some of these–they really are easier to grow than you think!
I look forward to your posts on herbs. I have many and am adding more herbs this year. I am also highlighting herbs every month on my blog as I love to get people to consider all the history, uses and lore of herbs.
Excellent–I’ll make sure to check out your blog as well. This time I’m staying away from anything other than the basic “how to grow” stuff because every time I do a “and did you know that such and such is reputed to be good for” post I always get comments about “well you should never you it for because…” I find that sort of stuff unhelpful and confusing so aside from words like “perennial and “full sun” I’m going to try to be as non-controversial as possible–sadly.
Thanks for reading.
Look forward to your herbal postings.
Thanks, Bridget. As I said to Donna, I hope you experienced gardeners won’t find them too boring!