Grow Your Own: Top 5 Herbs

Looking to add a herb garden to your living space? 
We have you covered with our top five herb suggestions.

Herbs can be grown outdoors or inside, as long as they have good air circulation and a minimum of 4-6 hours of sunlight. Avoid letting the soil dry out completely between watering, herbs like moist well-drained soil.

Another great aspect about herbs is that they can be planted in containers – space is never an issue when it comes to herb gardening, and the recipe ideas are endless! Get growing your herbs today; let us help you create the herb garden perfect for your palette.

BasilBasil

One of the most recognized herbs, basil has round leaves with pointed tips and vary in colour from green to purple. Basil does not grow well in cooler conditions, so hold off bringing outside until mid-May to June.

Studies show that basil has high levels of Vitamin K, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial characteristics as well as important nutrients such as magnesium to help with cardiovascular health. There are more than 60 varieties of basil which have different textures, appearance and taste.

Organic Genovese Basil: the most popular basil for adding to salads and recipes.
Organic Thai Basil: if you enjoy cooking Thai flavoured dishes, this basil is for you with its mild liquorice flavour and fragrance.

Columnar Basil: similar to sweet basil, this variety is perfect for making pesto, or adding to bread and salads.
Red Ball Basil: a compact variety with red-purple leaves that makes a statement as an ornamental in your garden or containers. Edible bright pink flowers will form in the summer and be a fresh addition to any salad.
Lemon Basil: small pointed leaves carry an intense fragrance of lemon that can be used in teas and dried to make potpourri.

Oregano

The warm, aromatic flavour is great in most dishes, most notably those with Italian, Greek, or Mexican inspiration. Oregano loves the dry heat of summer and grows best between June to August. This herb can creep into other areas of the garden, so it works best in containers.

Oregano is a good source of iron and calcium. Harvest when shoots are young and tender for best flavour. We suggest giving these flavours a try:

Golden Oregano: this low-growing variety has a lighter coloured leaf, and less intense flavour compared to regular oregano. Not only does it taste great in recipes, but it also makes a nice edge in the garden.
Purple Oregano: The purple to green leaves are compact growing and will flower purple blooms mid-summer.
Greek Oregano: If you want the bold, intense, classic flavour of oregano, this is the variety you want to plant.

Thyme LemonThyme

Drought tolerant and heat resistant, Thyme is one of the easiest herbs to grow in the summer.

Thyme leaves or whole sprigs can be used when preparing meat and fish. Besides cooking, thyme can be infused into oils for aromatic and therapeutic purposes. Research has shown that thyme can have a positive effect on your mood and feelings.

Lemon or Citrus Thyme: a hint of citrus and thyme blend in this herb making a delicious addition to tea, salads, fish, chicken and red meats.
Silver Thyme: Variegated silver and white leaves bring a new look, but similar flavour and scent to the classic Garden Thyme.
Broadleaf Thyme: This variety is popular in Jamaican cuisine as the large fleshy leaves have a bold, spicy thyme taste.

Parsley

A sprig of parsley adds more than decoration to your plate. One of the most common herbs in cooking, parsley is cold tolerant, packed with vitamin C, vitamin A and iron.

Organic Curled Parsley: adds flavour to any dish and is widely used as a garnish, but brings a meal together when added.
Organic Italian Parsley: Similar methods as curled parsley, however, it has a more bold taste and more hardy so you can plant earlier, and harvest later in the season.

RosemaryRosemary

When planted in containers or beds, rosemary creates a fragrant scent and texture to the surrounding area. Rosemary is often a staple in cooking in poultry dishes along with being used in aromatherapy to help with concentration and memory.

If you are looking for Organic Rosemary, we carry a few different varieties.

Barbeque Rosemary: Strong, upright stems can be used as skewers on the BBQ for flavour, and an easy cleanup.
Creeping Rosemary: same uses as regular rosemary, but its unique characteristic is that it will trail over walls or a container.

 

Want to learn more about gardening with herbs? Read more about homegrown herbs.