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DO-IT-YOURSELF KITCHEN HERB GARDEN

Growing your own herbs is easy and rewarding. And, just because we are knocking on fall’s door doesn't mean you can have to give up fresh herbs for cooking. Fresh herbs are easy to grow indoors and as many chefs know, can mean the difference between a good dish and an extraordinary dish! Once you begin to use fresh herbs in your favorite recipes, you'll never want go back to using just dried herbs again. Try an growing an indoor herb garden to keep your favorite herbs right at your fingertips.

Here's what you need:

  • Container with drainage holes. We recommend our 3-set of galvanized containers with a tray that will fit perfectly in your kitchen windowsill.
  • Soil
  • Assorted Herbs
  • Assembly is easy and fun for all ages. Simply fill the containers halfway with potting soil and then start planting your herbs in the hole. Fill up the rest of the pot with dirt. And, remember to water. Voila – just that easy for fresh, homegrown herbs!

Our Favorite Herbs:
Here's a list of our favorite herbs for a basic kitchen garden. This is just a start, as there are many other herbs to experiment with in your garden that will add bold flavor. Cooking with herbs can be fun and you can’t make a mistake - so be creative and savor the flavor.

Basil - With lots of varieties to choose from, this king of the herbs offers something for every palette. While the taste of sweet basil is bright and pungent, other varieties also offer unique tastes that are true to their name like: lemon basil, anise basil and cinnamon basil.

Parsley - Use this herb for the mild flavor it adds to a savory dish and for the coloring it adds as a garnish.

Sage - This is a must-have herb for seasoning any poultry dish. It has a slight peppery flavor and is best used on meats in a marinade but is also good in stuffing and sauces. We also love Pineapple Sage which is great in pitchers of water to offer flavor.

Rosemary - Rosemary is best used to season fish and seafood products, but it is also a great seasoning for grilled meats, lamb and potatoes. Try Barbeque Rosemary to use as skewers on the grill.... a real crowd pleaser!

Thyme - This is the basic herb used in dishes from all over the world including French, Italian, Indian, Greek and Spanish cuisines. Use thyme on lamb, meats, poultry, soups and stews.

Oregano - This classic culinary herb is one of the most commonly used herbs worldwide. Use in Italian, Greek and Mexican cooking. The flavor is strong enough to stand up to bold flavors like tomatoes, onion, garlic, and beef. We love the Hot & Spicy Oregano in pasta sauces.

Dill - This easy to grow herb is a member of the parsley family. Cut often to keep producing. Dill pairs well with fish and is used for pickling, to flavor salads and in soups.

Mint - Is a beautiful herb that has one of the most recognizable aromas. Spearmint and peppermint are the most popular types of mint, but more unusual varieties like Mint Chocolate are available. Use in drinks, or simply gather a small bunch to offer aroma for a room.

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The Real "Dill"

GROWING DILL

Fresh herbs are easy to grow and can make all the difference between a good dish and an extraordinary dish! Once you begin to use fresh herbs in your favorite recipes, you'll never want go back to using just dried herbs again. Chefs know that fresh food is always best and fresh herbs are no exception.

Dill is a very tall, hardy herb that will grow as an annual here in Hampton Roads. Grow this herb in your garden for the leaves and seeds. Dill thrives in a sunny spot and prefers well-drained soil. This fine-leafed plant is delicate, so we recommend not planting it where it may be subject to high winds. It does have very long roots, so once it’s established; you won’t need to worry about regular watering chores.

This maintenance-free herb is a member of the parsley family. We suggest cutting often to keep it producing. Dill has a zesty flavor that’s a popular addition to fish, salads and soups. It is also commonly used for pickling – dill pickles are a summertime favorite!

Viva Italia

GROW AN ITALIAN HERB GARDEN.

Have the tastes and smells of Italy right in your own backyard. An Italian herb garden can be any size or shape, and can easily be grown in containers on a sunny patio or deck, and it’s a fun project for the whole family. Here are a few staples to include in your garden but remember, the possibilities are endless so be creative and plant your favorite Italian seasonings.

Oregano: This aromatic herb is easy to grow and is one of the few herbs that is stronger dried than when fresh. Italian Oregano, commonly called "the pizza herb," is a must-have for any tomato sauce.

Basil: This is an absolute must-have for Italian cuisine. It is grown for its wonderful sweet flavor. Use in sauces or top and top off dishes with this relish herb. You can use any of the basils, but we really like Sweet Basil.

Hot & Spicy Oregano: This easy-to-grow herb lives up to its name - hot and spicy! The perfect addition to tomato sauce or pizza sauce, this herb gives your dishes that extra zing. It thrives in a sunny space and likes well drained soil. Harvest the leaves and use fresh or dried.

Fennel: This herb looks similar to its popular relative, dill. With small yellow flowers and feathery leaves, this aromatic and flavorful herb with anise like flavor.

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