The Kitchen Garden in March Springs Forth – a fun WEEKEND PROJECT just for you or the whole family!

I LOVE my fresh herbs and no matter how large your backyard, terrace or balcony, you can grow some too. Here is a list of herbs that grow well and a wealth of planting tips and ideas from my resident gardener, my husband Kevin:

Spring is the time to plant your kitchen garden.  Here in Georgia–we often have a mild, wet Spring with warm, sunny days, plenty of rain, cooler nights with the occasional frost.  There are a host of common, delicious, every day herbs that thrive in this climate–allowing you to create a wonderful kitchen garden in various sized and shaped pots and containers that make an eclectic and attractive addition to your outdoor space, no matter the size.  Start with the song, “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme….”, add in some coriander (cilantro), a couple of varietals of mint, a small bay leaf tree, chives, fennel and the assorted oreganos.  You can also pot out basil, dill and tarragon–but bring those pots in if there is a danger of frost one evening as they do not cope well with frost.  The good thing about most herbs is that they are forgiving of pot sizes and shapes–but always make sure you use a decent potting compost from your local garden center, if you do not have your own soil/compost mix.  You can grow your own herbs from seeds, but be prepared to end up with many more herb plants from one seed packet than you can use yourself or even give away.  Most garden centers and even many supermarkets now stock healthy young plants at this time of year.  The rule of thumb is to make sure the pot you transplant them in is about three times the size of your young plant.  We prefer to use larger planters–that can contain three or four herbs of the same type and plant those with the most commonly used herbs (oregano, thyme, basil, various parsleys, cilantro, chives and sage) and then use medium to large sized single pots for some of our special favorites (dill and tarragon).  Young rosemary and bay leaf plants will both do well in large pots and can then be planted out into your garden if you happen to have paving stone sized patch of earth in a sunny spot for them as they will become small perennial bushes year on year if well watered, in sun, with the occasional dose of compost.

And now back to the nutritional aspect: While planting and watching your herbs grow is a lot of fun in itself, most fresh herbs rank highly on the ANDI score list and add a nutritional boost to any meal .

Here is one of my favorite “herb heavy” recipes:

Be on the lookout for more to come!!!