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Creating an herb garden is a fun way to add flavor to foods without adding calories or salt. Say what??? Does this sound too good to be true. Lets talk about how to make an herb garden!
Fresh herbs are a perfect way to add flavor without added calories and salt. First you need to decide how many herbs you want and then pick ones that grow well together (ex they all like full sunlight, like warm weather). Once you do this you need to find a container that will provide enough room for growth, think long term. Next fill container with soil. Make holes for where you wish to plant your herbs. I used young herbs for my garden. I chose 4 different herbs. Italian parsley, basil, rosemary, and thyme. Once planted, water them daily for a week to make sure they are well hydrated so they can become rooted. After a week, water as needed. Watering will be dependent on where your herbs are growing, temperature/climate, age of herbs, type of herbs. Look for signs of dehydration (dry soil, wilting leaves, yellowing leaves) and water accordingly. I keep my herb garden on my front porch so I pass it every day on my way to my car and when I get home so I see it at least twice a day so there is no excuse for it not to get watered.
This is a perfect project for kids! It is simple to make, it gives them a sense of responsibility (making sure they water it and keep it alive), they will get to see it grow, and they can get involved with cooking by choosing which herbs to make a recipe with. When kids are involved in the cooking process they are more likely to try new foods (http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/cooking-with-your-children).
Basil: perfect for sauces, in pasta, on pizza or flat breads, even salads, and my favorite make your own pesto!
Italian parsley: tabbouleh, pesto, sauces, salads
Rosemary (my favorite herb!): salad dressings, marinades, dipping oils. I love it on grilled chicken and salmon, roasted potatoes, and lamb
Thyme: pastas, vegetables, potatoes, beef, chicken
These are just a few ways that you can use these herbs!