When it comes to knowing which garden herbs to grow, there is a long list to choose from. In this article we’ll cover five of the easiest to start with. Did you know, there are several reasons why herb gardens are commonly called ‘kitchen gardens’? The most obvious, you can grow herbs right in your kitchen year-round. Of course, there is the benefit of cooking with the freshest herbs you can, as well.

If you’re looking to start a herb garden, you can start it indoors with very little space required. If you choose, they can be transplanted outdoors when the weather is ideal, or just continue growing them indoors. That’s the fun of growing herbs!

Thyme

Among one of the most favored and easiest garden herbs to grown, Thyme can grow in various gardening zones. It also provides nice ground cover when grown with larger herbs. Planting Thyme seeds is best done during spring or fall months, simply sprinkling over desired area.

Uses:

Thyme offers amazing flavor to dishes. There are different types of Thyme, each with their own use in cooking. For example, regular Thyme is often used for stews, vegetable dishes, salads, even jelly’s and tea. Whereas, lemon thyme has a more citrus flavor that goes well with meat and fish.

Mint

Mint is among the simplest to grow, and most popular. In fact, most herb gardens contain mint for several reasons, not just for cooking. Mint can be added to a garden to help ward off certain insects and/or pests. It also spreads throughout the garden area, providing semi-shade to other herbs.

If you’re wanting to grow mint, without it spreading throughout your garden it’s best to grow in a separate container.

Uses:

When it comes to mint, there is a vast range of ways it can be used. It can be used to make teas, desserts, as flavor to meats, jelly, even liqueurs.

Chives

This herb continues to grow and yield fresh flavor to dishes throughout the whole growing season. What makes Chives one of the easiest garden herbs to grow is, you can plant them as seeds or already sprouting plants. Just make sure your chives do not get too hot and they are easy to manage.

Uses:

Chives have a mild onion like flavor to them, with several uses within the kitchen. Many enjoy adding chives to dishes, such as stir-fry, baked potatoes, soups, or as additives to cream cheese or butter.

Did you know the purple flowers on chives plants are edible as well? Give it a try, simply crush them up and add over a salad, in soups, or another dish.

Basil

When thinking herbs, basil is possibly the most thought of plant. It comes in various forms, from small leaves, large leaves, or purple leaves. Not only do they taste good in food, many gardeners grow them for their appearance. If blooms are not pinched off frequently, basil provides beautiful flowers, which many use for landscape purposes.

By pinching off these blooms, the leaves will have more flavor when cooking. If you want the best of both worlds, plant a few extra basil plants just for landscape aesthetics.

Uses:

There are so many ways basil can be used, but homemade pesto is among the top of the list. If you’re making an Italian meal, basil is generally a must-have ingredient. It also helps improve taste of tomato-based dishes, salads, stir-fry, omelets, and so many other dishes!

Sage

If you are looking for a drought-tolerant garden herb, Sage is it. Because of this, it is a good option for raised beds or containers. In addition, Sage is a perennial which means it often lasts a couple of years when taken care of. Sage is also available in various forms and colors, which can be used to accent a garden.

When harvesting avoid trimming too much from a single plant, or it could kill it. Rule of thumb, only cut a couple of branches per plant, and allow it to grow prior to harvesting again.

Uses:

The flavor sage offers are rich and earthy. It’s great when used on chicken-based dishes, stuffing, and infused with vinegar.

Check out our article on How to Plant and Harvest garden herbs.

Do you know of other easy to grow herbs? Tell us in the comments section, we’d love to hear about it!