With spring in sight, it’s the perfect time to plan your edible flower and herb garden! Local markets and garden shops are brimming with ideas, seeds, and ready-to-go plants. Whether your garden is inground, in patio pots, or on a sunny window sill, you can grow an edible kitchen garden! The joy that comes from watching seeds grow into the tea you sip or fresh foods you eat brings immense gratification. Not to mention having a fresh pantry at your fingertips – a pantry that has powerful health benefits! If you don’t have room for a garden, these flowers and herbs will grow well in pots and containers. Trust me, it won’t feel like a compromise once you see how beautifully they can grow in small spaces!
Flowers and Herbs to Plant for a Kitchen Garden
• Garden Roses
• Primroses, primulas
• Violas, Violets
• Wild Bergamot – Bee Balm
The trick to growing beautiful flowers and herbs is to start with good organic soil and rich compost, followed by regular watering, fertilizing, and maintenance. Mix and blend your flowers and herbs – they’re beautiful, delicious, and all part of the creative fun of a kitchen garden!
• Catmint – different from catnip
• Lemon balm
• Lemon verbena
• Holy Basil – also known as Tulsi
It’s such a joy to sip on a cup of fresh herbal tea or pick sprigs of sage and thyme to tuck into a Sunday roast chicken. You can even whip up a jar of your favourite jam, jelly, or pesto. Once you have a kitchen garden you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one! Happy planning, planting, growing, and cooking!