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Edible Garden

Top 5 Homegrown Herbs

May 23, 2017 3 min read

Are you looking to add a herb garden to your living space? 
We have you covered with our top five herbs to grow.

Getting Started

Herbs can be grown outdoors or inside and in beds or containers, as long as they have good air circulation and a minimum of 4-6 hours of direct sunlight.

Container garden with fresh herbs

Herbs prefer moist, well-drained soil; avoid letting the soil dry out completely between watering herbs like moist well-drained soil. We love to use Urban Garden Container Mix because it is approved for organic use, reduces watering frequency because of the coconut husk fibre content which retains water and is enriched with compost to enhance natural growth.

Harvest herbs often – the more you pick, the more you’ll get.

Basil

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 colder 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 essential nutrients such as magnesium to help with cardiovascular health.

Organic Basil - Homegrown Herbs

Organic Genovese Basil: The most popular basil for adding to salads and recipes.
Organic Thai Basil: If you enjoy cooking Thai 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.

Oregano

The warm, aromatic flavour is most notable in dishes with Italian, Greek, or Mexican inspiration. Oregano loves the dry heat of summer and thrives from June to August. This herb can spread 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.

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 creates a nice edge along with gardens.
Greek Oregano: If you want the bold, intense, classic flavour of oregano, this is the variety you want to plant.

Thyme

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.

Thyme Lemon - Top 5 Herbs

Lemon or Citrus Thyme: A hint of citrus blends with thyme making a delicious addition to salads, fish, chicken and red meats.
Broadleaf Thyme: This variety is popular in Jamaican cuisine as the large fleshy leaves have a bold, spicy 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 Parsley

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.

Rosemary

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.

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