Herbs are an important part of the garden and kitchen. Nothing beats fresh herbs when cooking in the summer and fall. Every winter while adding dried herbs to our meals, I long for the days where I can run out and pick some fresh, thyme, basil, oregano, mint and rosemary. Another way I use plants/herbs from our garden is for medicinal purposes. Here is a blog posting on the subject.
Growing herbs is so easy to do. Just plant them, and let them grow. I like to keep them close to the house so I can run quickly and grab them even in a summer storm. I also spread them around the garden to help deter unwanted pests and let some go to flower to attract beneficial insects.
Most herbs can be harvested multiple times in a season and develop into better plants if you do so. They also make great under-plantings that act as a mulch below taller crops. For instance, I under planted my peas with thyme last year. I simply scattered thyme seed on the soil after I planted my pea seed. Water everything in. When the peas were done, I cut out the pea plants, and let the thyme grow in strong the rest of the summer. It’s a wonderful system. Oregano is great in and around things like peppers, flowers, okra, etc.
Cilantro is one herb that I allow to readily reseed itself in the garden each year. If I have cilantro flowering in the garden, I rarely have a large population of those pesky cabbage worms that eat all my kale and broccoli.