Herbs Essential to Great Food and Simple to Grow

Human beings have made use of herbs down the centuries. Herbs serve a variety of purposes and we continue to find more and more uses of them in our lives. Most of the herbs are easy to grow and you can choose from 40 to 60 herbs and learn to make use of them.

There are several varieties of these herbs that have a variety of functions. Hence, they are used in equally abundant ways. One such variety is that of aromatic herbs. They are cultivated purely for their fragrant oils that are used extensively in candles, perfumes, and many other cosmetic and skin care products.

By far the most popular of herbs is the culinary herb. In fact, most people are familiar with only this kind of herb. Many gardeners grow a few varieties of culinary herbs such as basil, dill and chives. The beauty of some of these herbs is that you don't need plant them every year since some of them are annuals and will appear without needing to be replanted.

Some herbs are considered ornamental as they are basically just grown to look at. These herbs may be used to make fresh or dried arrangements and they are often found in and amongst the flowers in a flower garden.

Finally, some herbs are considered medicinal and are used to treat a variety of ailments to this very day. While not necessarily embraced by the Western medical community, herbs remain an important remedy to ailments in many cultures and their effectiveness is still being studied by scientists.

Again, most people are familiar with the culinary herbs and it is a fact that our foods would be quite bland and tasteless without them. Herbs are used to create marinades and to imbue foods with a subtle, yet pronounced, flavor that enhances a great many dishes. Fortunately, even in economic hard times, most people manage to keep culinary herbs on hand even if they are forced to grow them.

Indeed, it's a good idea to grow herbs in your garden because it is quite easy to grow them and there are no hassles involved. However, you must learn to distinguish between annual, perennial, and biennial herbs. This is important because you will need to keep track of herbs that will be coming up at different times in the year. It's important to know their growing cycle so that you don't disturb it and lose some of the herbs due to your ignorance.

Most of the culinary herbs do quite well in soil that has been well drained but still remains fairly fertile. You have nothing to worry about if space happens to be limited outdoors because herbs do great when grown indoors as well. No matter where you intend to plant your herbs, be sure not to plant them too deeply in the soil or they may not have a chance to grow. When harvesting herbs, try to do so in the mornings because this is when the precious oils in the herbs are at their concentration and precisely when you want to pick them.

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Ungari Dodisto is the owner of F herbs, the web's premier resource for information about herbs, For questions or comments about this article visit: http://www.herbso.com/articles