I’m surprised and pleased to be included in this list of the 50 best blogs about herbs. As you will see there are many great herb blogs out there so this list is very handy.

If you’d like to find and read some fascinating herb blogs, why not make yourself a cuppa, put your feet up for a while, and then click the link below.

50 Best Blogs To Learn About Herbalism

Happy reading!

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Most herbs have more than one use so it is easy to have a multi-purpose herb garden without choosing one particular theme. However, in this article I will be focusing on the herbs that are most useful if you want to use them in your cooking.

There are so many culinary herbs to choose from, so I have included lists of herbs that go with particular herbs in my ebook so that you can choose the most useful ones that go with the type of food that you tend to eat.

With a culinary herb patch, you’ll even be able to pick yourself (or give away) an edible bouquet!

It helps to have your herbs close to your kitchen purely because you are more likely to see and use them if they are close by.  However, if close to your kitchen is not a good spot e.g. it is very shady, it is better to plant the herbs in the sunniest part of the garden so that they thrive and give you a better harvest to use in your kitchen.

My own herb garden is not next to the kitchen for various reasons so if it is going to be a wet week I harvest the herbs at the beginning of the week and place them in a glass or jug of water in the kitchen windowsill so that I don’t forget about them! I also place some of the cut herbs like chives in bags in the salad drawer of the refrigerator to use through the week. You could also freeze chopped herbs in ice cube trays for use in the winter months.

When deciding on the locations for a culinary herb garden try to avoid areas close to busy roads, places pets frequent (if you know what I mean!), places close to areas sprayed with weed killer or other sources of pollution.

If you use a commercially available liquid feed for your herbs make sure that the bottle states that it is suitable for use on edible plants and wash the herbs well before eating.

A useful layout is a ladder shaped bed; this works well along a path and allows you to have a separate area for each herb near to the kitchen if this is in a sunny position. As a guideline, a maximum depth of one metre ensures that all herbs are within arm’s reach. If the depth is more than this, you can place some kind of stepping stone within the bed.

Some ideas for your kitchen herb garden:

Angelica

Sweet Basil

Sweet Bay

Caraway

Chervil

Chives or Garlic Chives

Coriander

Dill

Fennel or bronze fennel

Garlic

Horseradish

Lavender

Lemon Balm

Lovage

Pot Marigold

Marjoram

Mint

Oregano

Parsley

Rosemary

Sage

Summer and Winter Savory

Sorrel

French Tarragon

Thymes

Wild strawberry

Shortlist of culinary herbs

If you are looking at this list and don’t know how to choose and/or have limited space, I would suggest you start off with how ever many of the following 15 herbs that you have space for: bay, basil, chives, chervil, coriander, dill, fennel, lemon balm, sweet marjoram, apple mint (Mentha rotundifolia), oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme.

You can of course mix these in with vegetable crops such as tomatoes, lettuces, peas, radishes and so on. (You can find a herb companion planting guide in the ‘Resources’ section of my other website – www.worldwikaniko.co.uk – under ‘gardening’).

If you have any essentials that you use in your cooking, feel free to leave a comment below.

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Black Dog Publishing (who published ‘Growing Stuff: An Alternative Guide To Gardening‘ to which I contributed a couple of items) have kindly offered to give any readers of this blog or my ezine a discount of 40% off the purchase price of the Kids In The Garden book,  i.e. it will cost you just £5.97 instead of £9.95.

Here is their description of the book:

Kids in the Garden is a fun and accessible guide for children to use on their own or with adults. Packed with over 50 project ideas and recipes, Kids in the Garden encourages children to learn about gardening, healthy eating and caring for the environment in a simple and engaging way.
With easy to follow, step-by-step instructions, colourful photography and fun illustrations, Kids in the Garden will appeal to children of all ages and their parents. Covering a range of gardening topics such as harvesting seasons, encouraging wildlife in your garden, growing plants from seed, and the water cycle, Kids in the Garden is ideal for any inquisitive youngster, whether already green-fingered or a complete gardening novice.
Each topic introduced in Kids in the Garden is brought to life with a number of hands-on projects such as how to build mini-ponds, birdhouses and wormeries, how to make compost, how to take cuttings and how to grow vegetables in pots. As well as these engaging projects, Kids in the Garden is also packed with simple and delicious recipes to help children make the most of the fresh produce they have nurtured and complete the cycle from plot to plate. These recipes include; one pot jam, alphabet soup, rhubarb flapjacks, minty fizz and easy pizza sauce.
Kids in the Garden teaches children some of the fundamental aspects of gardening, sustainability, money-saving and healthy eating without them even realising! It is the ideal book for any family preparing to grow their own this spring.

To get your discounted copy, please email  jess@blackdogonline.com, quoting ‘Mad About Herbs Offer’ as the subject of the email.

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