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Plant These 7 Herbs Now To Enjoy Them Just in Time for Summer

Take your food and drink to the next level this season.

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May 10, 2024 at 5:50 AM PST
Updated on May 9, 2024 at 9:54 PM PST
Garden Summer Herbs

Plant These 7 Herbs Now To Enjoy Them Just in Time for Summer

Take your food and drink to the next level this season.

By
May 10, 2024 at 5:50 AM PST
Updated on May 9, 2024 at 9:54 PM PST

Herbs are a fickle grocery list item. When cooking, your recipes tend to call for a small handful or a sprig or two. Getting an entire bunch means the majority of these greens will end up wilting in the back of your fridge. But, if you had your own herb garden, you could pick and go as you please. In addition to that, you could grind up excess leaves into dry herbs for future use. Or, in general, just nurture your own little slice of green heaven. While many herbs are great to have all year, there are a few that shine best during the carefree summer season.

Various herbs
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1. Basil

Sweet, peppery and fragrant, basil is a great multi-purpose herb to have on hand. Perfect for whipping up a batch of homemade pesto or adding a few leaves to your favorite summer salad, it complements plenty of dishes, especially if you’re a fan of Italian cuisine. It’s also ridiculously easy to grow, making it a perfect choice for novice gardeners and seasoned pros alike. Just make sure to give it plenty of sunshine and well-drained soil, and you’ll be rewarded with a bounty of lush green leaves all season long.

2. Mint

Mint can be used in many Middle Eastern dishes. Plus, enjoy it in recipes for cookies and ice cream, or muddle it into a refreshing summer cocktail or iced tea to stave off the heat. But keep in mind, for mint is a wild child that loves to spread its roots far and wide. To prevent it from taking over your entire garden, it’s best to plant it in its own container where it can roam free without causing too much trouble.

Rosemary
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3. Rosemary

It’s fragrant and full of flavor, rosemary is easily distinguished by its pine-like aroma. It makes the perfect companion for all your summer grilling adventures. Just toss a few sprigs onto the barbecue or add them to your marinades and sauces for an instant flavor boost that’ll have your guests asking for second helpings. It’s also a hardy perennial that thrives in hot, dry conditions.

4. Chives

Looking to add a little zest to your summer dishes? With their slender green spears and delicate onion flavor, chives are a delicious herb that adds a pop of freshness to everything from salads to omelets. They grow pretty much anywhere you place them — in containers or directly in the ground.

5. Thyme

When it comes to adding depth and complexity to your dishes, thyme is the herb of choice. With its earthy aroma and subtle flavor, thyme is great to add to everything from roasted veggies to savory soups and stews.

Lavender
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6. Lavender

Who says herbs are just for cooking? Lavender is here to prove that herbs can be just as soothing for the soul as they are for the palate. With its delicate purple blooms and calming aroma, lavender is the ultimate herb for creating a sense of tranquility in your outdoor oasis. Simply snip a few sprigs and toss them into your bath for a luxurious spa-like experience. Or, dry them out and use them to create homemade sachets that will keep your linens smelling fresh all summer long. Lavender is also a favorite among bees and butterflies. Having this plant means you’ll be doing your part to support pollinators while you relax and unwind.

7. Cilantro

Fun fact — did you know you’re genetically pre-disposed to either love or hate cilantro? If you fall on the side that welcomes the flavor, add it to your herb garden to enjoy for the season. It will add a burst of freshness to your favorite salsas, tacos, and curries. Just be sure to harvest it regularly to prevent it from bolting, and you’ll be rewarded with a steady supply of delicious, homegrown cilantro all summer long.




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