Old-School Culinary Gardening - How to Start

by Marc Gottesdiener 10/20/2019

If you're like many busy homeowners, you may not have a lot of time to cultivate a vegetable garden for the purpose of putting food on the family table. However, old-school culinary herb gardens are deceptively easy to grow, and they pull double duty by providing an exceedingly pleasing aesthetic. Not only do they add a flavorful element to any meal, but culinary herb gardens also present a picturesque appearance as well as perfume the surrounding air. If you plant your herb garden near a window, you'll be rewarded by a lovely aroma wafting through your home on warm days when you open the window. If you're thinking of putting your home on the market in the near future, an herb garden may increase its desirability to prospective buyers. 

As an added bonus, most culinary herbs require very little maintenance once established. Herbs are typically resilient plants capable of thriving in poor soils. They normally don't require extra summer watering except in times of drought, and their abundance of aromatic plant oils serve as natural insecticides. Here's what you need to do to get the most out of your culinary herb garden.

Consider How You Cook

The first thing to consider is which types of herbs you typically use the most in your kitchen. If you love using Mediterranean-sourced recipes when preparing fare for the family table, be sure to plant lots of thyme, oregano, and rosemary. If herbal tea is popular in your household, you can grow chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, and other herbs used for making teas in your garden. You can dry the herbs with a food dryer, by spreading them out on a cookie sheet and placing them in the oven on low heat, or by hanging them upside down in a cool, dry location.

Choose a Sunny Spot

Most culinary herbs used by modern cooks have their roots in the Mediterranean, which means they've evolved under sunny skies and prefer that kind of environment. Choosing the sunniest available spot in your yard for culinary herb gardens help ensure that they thrive. However, if you've got a few somewhat shady spots in the area you choose for your garden, some herbs, such as parsley and mint, do quite well with a partial sun exposure, especially in warmer climates.

Add Hardscaping

Adding hardscaping such as stepping stones, statuary, birdbaths, arbors, and decorative fencing provides a polished, pulled-together look that keeps the average herb garden from looking unkempt. Water features such as pools and fountains add classic accents, and a comfortable garden bench provides an ideal place to sit and read, dream, or just watch the world go by. 

Please feel free to reach out for more information on getting the most from your outdoor living space or other aspects of optimizing your homeowner experience. 

About the Author
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Marc Gottesdiener

As a full service real estate company with over three and half decades of licensed experience and expertise, Marc Gottesdiener & Co., Inc. handles all aspects of both commercial & residential real estate assignments including appraisals, rentals, listings, building rehabilitation, consultation, expert in litigation, court testimony, & other real estate asset services especially in Connecticut. Marc Gottesdiener himself has owned over one hundred twenty units and these properties have been in 4 New England states, and the company has managed hundreds of units in Hartford and beyond for a diversified base of clients and types of properties. Use objective experience in solving real estate problems. As an appraiser, Marc is a certified general for both residential and commercial appraisals and has provided expert court testimony in all eight Connecticut counties. In addition, Marc routinely works with the Connecticut Superior Courts (on over 250 cases) in providing appraisals and court testimony for various property matters, foreclosures, divorce, bankruptcy, partition suits, and other litigious matters. His firm can represent as an agent & manager for landlords from out of state. Over the decades Marc has handled many difficult real estate situations, and to negotiate settlements to provide creative & equitable solutions. Read more about our company here.