Growing Herbs Outside the Kitchen Door


There’s really no reason you shouldn’t be growing a little herb garden. They look great in pots, they’re friends to the bees, and you very quickly find that once you have fresh herbs in your garden, you don’t ever want to go back to paying money for dried. Here are some of the must-have herbs we grow in our Seattle garden.

Chives
Chives

Chives are endlessly useful to spice up dishes. Did you know you can also eat their purple flowers? Pull them apart and gently sprinkle their purple petals on dishes as a finishing garnish with a sweet bite.

Mint
Mint

Muddled in a drink, chopped up and used in a dish, or dropped directly into sun tea on the patio on a sunny afternoon, you can find all kinds of uses for mint. It tends to be a spreader, so we have it planted in its own pot.

Mint
Mint

Is there anything more classic than sage and thyme? We use these in chicken dishes, breads, soups, and crock pot dinners, to name a few.

Sage and Thyme
Sage and Thyme
Sage
Sage

Savory may be a little less commonly known. I like to make a salmon and black bean dish with it. It goes nicely with many types of fish, actually. Or, you can dry it and make it into herbs de provence.

Savory
Savory
Thyme for Sage
Thyme for Sage

Rosemary is such a classic. So great on potatoes, stuffed in roast chicken, and made into ice cream. Really, what DON’T we use rosemary for?

Rosemary
Rosemary

We also have oregano, tarragon and usually parsley, but it died this year, so we need to replant that one. These are our main herb staples.

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5 thoughts on “Growing Herbs Outside the Kitchen Door”

  1. I’m seriously envious of your pictures. Any advice for those of us who live in a city and don’t have an outside?

    1. Absolutely! Do you have any windows that get direct sunlight? If so, you can keep potted herbs close to the window and if the window opens, even better. I did this at my apartment in Queen Anne and totally grew basil, thyme and rosemary!

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