5 Easy Herbs to Grow at Home





Trade dried pantry herbs for seasonings plucked straight from your yard. Easy-to-grow herbs such as thyme, basil and sage add zest to your garden and table.

1. Herb vinegar

Bring 2 cups white wine vinegar to boil. Place thyme or rosemary sprigs in a sterilized glass bottle. Funnel hot vinegar into the bottle. Cover tightly with a nonmetallic lid. Use in dressings and marinades.

2. Sprigs of flavor

Thyme, oregano, basil, sage, rosemary and mint are Mediterranean herbs that grow in full sun and well-drained soil. “Basil and mint like a little more moisture, but soggy roots will kill every one of these,” says Debra Knapke, central Ohio gardener and newly appointed honorary president of the American Herb Society. “If you have too little or too much drainage, add 2–4 inches of compost.” Click ahead for additional tips.

3.  Simple syrup

Bring 1⁄2 cup water to boil. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add 1 tablespoon snipped mint. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 2 hours. Strain into a clean glass jar. Cover and chill for up to one week. Drizzle over fruit or use in cocktails.

4. Flavored salt

Place 3 cups loosely packed basil, 1⁄2 cup kosher salt and 3–4 garlic cloves in a food processor. Pulse to grind. Spread on a baking sheet; leave at room temp for 3–5 days. When fully dry, process again to form a powder. Yields 1 to 1 1⁄4 cups. Sprinkle on chicken, veggies or eggs.

5. Rosemary

This tender perennial likes it hot and dry, with gravel mulch at its feet. ‘Madeline Hill’ and ‘Arp’ can survive to zero degrees. ‘Tuscan Blue’ has beautiful blue flowers. Sturdy ‘Barbecue’ stems work as skewers for flavor-infused shish kabobs.





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