Spring in in the air in New England. Consider embracing the season by planting your own herb garden:
- Fresh herbs are nutrient powerhouses, typically packing in more vitamins per ounce than other greens, such as spinach or kale.
- Herbs help prevent disease. Herbs, like all plants, contain phytochemicals, which help the plant to fight off bacteria, fungi and other threats. These phytochemicals also help prevent disease in humans who eat the herbs.
- Herbs make ordinary dishes extraordinary. Fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice can be all you need to turn basic food into a delicious meal.
- Herbs retain more nutrients if you pick them right before you eat them. Fruits and vegetables, including herbs, slowly lose some of their nutritional value as they sit on the shelf at the grocery store. The closer fresh produce is consumed to the date is was picked, the more nutrients are available. You can’t get any fresher than picking from your own garden.
- Planting an herb garden is easy, even if your outdoor space is limited. The quickest way to create your own herb garden is to buy little pots of herbs your local supermarket or farmer’s market. Investment in the pots of herbs will pay off in the long run, as they will provide fresh herbs all season. Assemble the pots into a basket, or replant them into a larger container or into the ground. You can also start herbs from seed indoors, using an old egg carton, and then replant them outside.
- Herb gardens are convenient. They can be grown and maintained indoors by a window, or outdoors if you have a spot for them. Cut what you need when you need it. You won’t be wasting anything and herbs will regrow after you have cut. Plus, you’ll likely have enough to share with neighbors!