Spring isn’t the only time for planting and growing – fall is actually the best time to plant your very own herb garden! It’s much easier than it sounds, guys – really! You use herbs all the time in cooking – why not get them from your own backyard or balcony? Herbs can be delicate, so fall is the perfect time to plant the seeds; the cooler climate helps them get a great start in life because they need lots of sunshine but no humidity. The hotter climate of summer is too harsh and most gardeners find that their summer seedlings don’t do nearly as well.
Think you don’t have the room? Herbs can be planted in small containers (in fact, you want to do this, so if the weather outside turns nasty, you can just pick ‘em up and move ‘em inside). These little guys are fragile, so planting them in soil straight away might limit their chance of survival.
Here’s a quick “how-to”:
You can buy seeds and start totally from scratch or you can buy starter plants (both available from your local hardware or garden store) and simply transfer them to a new pot, if you like (you can also transplant them to the ground in the spring, if you have the room). You’ll want to get a bag of really good dirt (unless you live near a farm, then go get the real thing!) so you can make a good, comfy bed for your new plants.
Pick a fun window planter or little pot, whatever you have room for, and plant the seeds or seedlings. Give water and sun according to each plant’s requirements (they do differ and you’ll find the info usually labeled on the plant) and in no time, voila! You have a gorgeous bed of herbs just waiting the culinary delights you’ll offer up to the family.
Here are a few great fall herbs to get you going:
Sage – this is a must! You’ll want it for all those Thanksgiving meals coming up soon. This savory, earthly herb is great for roast turkey, stuffing, even pizza. It’s also great for digestion.
Parsley – with a taste a bit like celery, this little guy is essential to Italian cooking and really freshens up any dish you throw it into. Great for hearty spaghetti meals or stews and soups (check out my Fall Soups and Stews post!)
Rosemary – think of these guys as little mini Christmas trees with a big flavor. Rosemary is perfect for roasted chicken, stews and even lemonade or vodka drinks!
What’s your favorite herb to add to dishes for a little extra flavoring?