There are few things in life as delightful as growing and cooking with your own fresh summer herbs. They add a burst of flavour to almost any dish and are surprisingly easy to grow at home -- whether you're in a house or an apartment. Regardless of whether you're hoping to plant them in your own kitchen garden, balcony garden, or backyard garden, these 4 herbs are great options.
Who doesn't love fresh basil? The smell almost transports the mind to Italy. Basil is easy to grow from seed or plant. You can easily find small basil plants to take home and nurture at many supermarkets and garden centres. Basil loves sun and heat, so if you're going to grow it indoors, put it near a window that gets a lot of light. Basil will fare well in a sunny spot on your balcony or in your garden as well. There are many varieties of basil but you're probably most familiar with pesto basil.
Mint is a great herb to grow at home in summer. It can grow really fast but can also be a bit invasive. Keep it in its own pot or area of the garden to avoid competition between your mint and other plants. It likes moist soil and full sun. Add some to water for a fresh flavour or brew tea with some freshly clipped leaves!
Thyme is one of those herbs you might not be able to put your finger on, but secretly love. It's hardy, earthy, lemony and a bit minty. It pairs well with many recipes and is pretty easy to grow inside and out. Ensure you give it a lot of sun and plant it in well-drained soil.
Parsley might not be wonderful tasting on its own, but it's a secret weapon in countless recipes for a reason. If you like Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cuisine, it's a staple. It grows well in full sun or part shade. It's pretty easy to grow from seed or pick up a started plant to transplant from a supermarket or garden center.
We hope you try your hand at growing these fresh and delicious herbs at home this summer. If you grow a ton, chop them and freeze them in olive oil ice cubes so you can enjoy them year-round!
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