Tips for Growing and Using Basil & Oregano

If you love cooking with fresh herbs, you will want to make space in your garden for basil and oregano. Both come in handy when making salads, marinades, infusions and more. If you are new to growing these herbs, take a peek below at some tips for growing and using basil and oregano in your own garden. They are easy to grow and practical herbs you are sure to enjoy.

Basil:

When planting basil, you will want to remember these basics:

  • This herb needs 6 to 8 hours of good sun
  • Avoid planting until after the threat of frost has passed.
  • Plant your basil plants a good 12-18 inches apart.
  • Soil should be well drained, and you may fertilize twice during the growing season.

Here are some wonderful ways you can enjoy basil at home:

  • Crumble leaves on top of your pizza, garlic bread, or other baked dishes.
  • Add a few leaves to a bottle of olive oil for some extra flavor.
  • Plant basil in your yard to help repel certain varieties of pests.
  • Blend the leaves into pesto to freeze and use later.
  • Add basil leaves to your salad, dips, and even soups.
  • Basil can even be added by the leaf to your pasta dishes.

Now, let’s explore another great herb, oregano!

Oregano:

When planting oregano, you will want to remember these basics:

  • Oregano doesn’t mind shade. Therefore a good 5-6 hours of sun is plenty.
  • Well drained soil is a must when growing this herb.
  • Cut away dead stems and foliage as the plant grows to encourage new growth.
  • Give plants a good six inches in between each to grow.
  • Oregano does not respond well to fertilizer, so just be sure to take proper care of your plants so they thrive.

Here are some wonderful ways you can enjoy oregano at home:

  • Add some crumbled oregano to your pizza and pizza sauces.
  • Add a few leaves to your pasta dishes and casseroles.
  • While your soup is simmering add a leaf or two of oregano for more flavor.
  • Infuse a bottle of olive oil with oregano leaves.

So what are you waiting for? Give these herbs a try and your table will never lack flavor!

shares