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Grow Your Own Herbs: Getting Your Hands Dirty With Herb Gardening

On this episode of Earth Eats, we visit Chef Daniel's herb garden at his parent's house in Columbus, Indiana to get an introduction to herb gardening.

Annie Corrigan and Daniel Orr standing in Orr's Herb Garden

Photo: Rashad Mammadov (for WFIU)

Annie Corrigan talks with Chef Daniel Orr about growing fresh herbs in Orr's backyard herb garden in Columbus, Indiana.

Daniel Orr and Annie Corrigan standing in Daniel's herb garden

Photo: Rashad Mammadov/WFIU

No matter whether you have a “Back 40” or a 4 foot back patio or deck, as long as you have some good sunshine you can have an herb garden. In fact, many herbs and edible flowers love to be potted.

Terra Cotta Homes

Nasturtiums for one, love confined quarters. Chives, parsley and edible geraniums all do good in terra cotta homes. Depending on your passion you can even keep many potted plants like rosemary, verbena and others alive all winter then put them back out after the last chance of frost has pasted in the spring.

The great thing about potted plants is that you can move them around to make the most of your sunshine as the days get longer, then shorter again. And if you are planning a summer vacation you can drop them off at friends! They’ll love you for it, but you may be missing some of the tender tops when you return!

You Might Even Become Healthier!

Herbs are a quick way to intensify the flavor of you next meal and many have folkloric medicinal values as well as modern antioxidants. I don’t think there is a meal that can’t be improved with either a sprinkle or a handful of herbs and who knows, you might become even healthier!

So no matter how much space you have, go ahead and get your hands dirty.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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  • Carmel

    Nice blog post. This could be a helpful reference for those who starting out with herb garden. Whatever reason brings you to desire (or even consider) growing your own herbs — your health, your culinary tastes, your love of beauty — congratulations! The good news is that herbs are easy to grow. If you provide them with the conditions that they like, most of them actually take the least amount of care in your garden.

  • Herb Growing

    Me and my wife enjoys planting herbs as a way to relax our busy schedule. Also we use alot of our herbs in our home too.

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