This time of year we are all anxious to get our hands into the soil and see fresh plants grow. Herbs are my favorite, because I can use them all summer in salads and teas.

A few packets of seeds and a little potting soil is all you need to get started.

Here are some suggestions for an easy inexpensive herb garden.

  1. Cilantro is a fast starter. It will get quite tall, but is terrific cut and added to tacos or salads. If the plant develops seeds, then you have coriander. Save those seeds for curry sauces.
  2. Oregano has a pretty flower to attract bees, but the leaves are its treasure. Wonderful added to tomato sauce or other Italian-style dishes.
  3. Peppermint is an easy to grow mint that will create wonderful tea. Dry it by hanging it upside down with a string and use it by itself or with black tea for its fragrance and invigorating essence.
  4. Rosemary has little needle-like leaves that are great with eggs, poultry and fish. They are very anti-viral, so sometimes I just chew a few of them. Also good dried for winter use.
  5. Lastly, I suggest Nasturtiums. They are not technically an herb, but they are so pretty in a pot with the other herbs, or in the garden, and the leaves and flowers taste like watercress and will spruce up a salad.

Find a sunny spot and enjoy harvesting fresh herbs!