Welcome back, mama! In this article, I’m sharing my 5 favorite low-maintenance herbs even busy moms can grow.
And, as a bonus, I’ll share an amazing resource that will increase your chances of success with any of your gardening endeavors. Read on to learn more!
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Do herbs require a lot of maintenance?
Beautiful flowers and luscious gardens make my heart happy. In my head I have all of these lavish ideas about growing a garden like my mom has. (She has a greenhouse and everything!) If the groundhogs and deer don’t get to her garden first, she will usually have enough food to feed a small army.
But I’ll be the first to admit that having a garden like mom’s is a pipe dream. Because, try as I might, I do not have a green thumb. It’s a running joke between Hubs and me that I plant the plants and he keeps them alive. I may forget to water things on occasion.
Needless to say, I was THRILLED when I successfully grew all of the herbs I’m going to tell you about below. Amazingly, some even came back year after year! And I did nothing to make that happen. It was magical.
Why should you grow herbs?
I loved having fresh herbs right at my fingertips when cooking. But you might be wondering why you should take on one more thing to keep alive.
This year, I think we all have good reasons to consider growing some sort of food. Food shortages are popping up across the country. There is general uncertainty around our food supply. And social distancing is limiting our ability to just pop on over to the grocery store (without standing in what seems like an amusement park line).
Now is a good time to consider starting a garden. Or, at least to try your hand at growing a few herbs and see how it goes.
Feeling ambitious and want to expand beyond herbs? You’ll definitely want to check out the awesome resource I mentioned. Keep ON Reading!
Low-maintenance herbs even busy moms can grow
OK, mama. Here is my list of top five low-maintenance herbs even busy moms can grow. If you have no green thumb and no time for complicated maintenance, these are definitely the herbs for you.
- Mint – I love growing mint. It is quite literally the easiest herb to keep alive if you can remember to water it. You’ll want to plant it in its own container because mint is invasive. You’ll be shocked at how quickly it grows. Mint is best grown in a spot that receives morning sun. And you’ll want to keep the soil evenly moist. To keep it from growing wiry and getting out of control, cut it back regularly (use it often) so it can grow back bushy. I have gotten starter mint plants both at my local hardware store’s garden center and in the grocery store. As your mint grows and gets larger, you can cut it back or replant it in a larger container.
Why have mint on hand? It’s great for several summer drinks such as in mojitos, iced tea, and water, and chopped up on watermelon (my favorite).
- Basil – Basil is another low-maintenance herb that will grow nice and luscious if it’s happy. Like mint, basil loves sunlight. Basil does not thrive in overly watered soil so you’ll want to make sure it is potted in a container that offers plenty of drainage. I usually grow my basil starting with the “edible garden” basil from the grocery store. (It’s the basil that comes in the cellophane sleeve with the roots still attached.) Just pop that in some soil and watch it take off!
Why plant basil? It’s great in salad dressings like this one, with deli meat on sandwiches, torn up and thrown into pasta dishes or on pizza. Tip: Use excess basil to make pesto.
- Rosemary – Rosemary is a very hearty evergreen-type herb that can grow up to three feet tall! It loves the sun and plenty of drainage, so keep that in mind when choosing a pot and location for it to call home. You’ll want to water it thoroughly and then let it dry out completely before watering it again. Rosemary not only smells great, but it also is a natural bug repellent.
How do I use rosemary? My favorite way to eat rosemary is with chicken and pork. Did you know that you can use the rosemary stems as skewers? Rosemary is also great for marinades, in stews, and for seasoning side dishes such as roasted potatoes.
- Thyme – Thyme (pronounced “time”) is a Mediterranean herb best used in savory dishes. It pairs well with rosemary and oregano. Thyme thrives best the more you leave it alone. What’s not to love about that? Because it’s a Mediterranean herb, it thrives in a hot location (full sun) and likes to stay relatively dry. Well-drained soil will serve this herb best.
Why grow thyme? Thyme, like rosemary, pairs nicely when cooked with lemon. It’s great for chicken or potatoes. It goes very nicely in soups and stews. Thyme also has been known to have antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
- Oregano – Oregano smells so good and reminds me of all my favorite Italian dishes. I planted our thyme and oregano in the same container, and they seem to make good friends. You’ll want to wait to water oregano until the soil is dry to the touch. And, like the others, oregano also loves the sun. (If you grow it outside and you get regular summer rain, that’s usually enough water to keep it happy!)
How can I use my oregano? Add it to any Italian dish, or my favorite way: in eggs!
There they are, mama. Five incredibly easy herbs even a busy mom can grow.
BONUS HERB: If you’re looking for an even number, the sixth herb I would recommend would be parsley. It didn’t make the list of five because it requires a bit more TLC as it likes to grow in more temperate weather (60-65 degrees) and prefers morning sun or partial shade. But if you’re looking for an indoor plant to keep on your kitchen windowsill, or are willing to keep an eye on it and water it more regularly, then parsley is a great low(ish)-maintenance herb to have around. Unlike the others, parsley does not come back year after year, but it will grow back as you use it throughout the season. Parsley is a great garnish on most dishes and works especially well with chicken dishes and in Italian meals.
About that amazing resource
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If you are hesitating …
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What are you most looking forward to growing this year? Tell me in the comments section below.
Happy gardening, mama!