Take a few steps outside and pick fresh herbs to cook up a reassuring and serene little je-ne-sais-quoi… Here are some herbs to plant with the children.
One of the fastest growing herbs is chives. It can grow indoors or outdoors. Children like to steal a small goal from time to time and you can use it in omelettes and salads, among other things. Chives should be planted near carrots, grapes, roses and tomatoes, but away from beans and peas.
There are several varieties of mints with different flavors. Each of them grows very quickly and will allow you to flavor your water, your ice creams and to make tea. To make a good mint tea, just add 1 tablespoon per teapot of green tea and 6 or 7 sugar cubes.
Greek food lovers should grow thyme in their garden. It is also a good option for flavoring stews. As it grows a little slower than mint and chives, you canplant some more. Plant it in a sunny spot and near your tomatoes and potatoes because it keeps insects away. You can freeze some to use later.
Rosemary smells so good that it was once used in perfumery. It looks pretty in a floral arrangement and can be used in stews, marinades and salad dressings. Rosemary also repels moths and butterflies. Place it wisely in your garden, knowing that a rosemary plant can reach two meters! Plant it near lavender and thyme.
To chew on to get rid of garlic breath or to use in salads, stews and meats, parsley is excellent. Easy to grow, your outdoor plant will give you parsley the first year and flowers and seeds the next year before dying. You can also plant parsley in pots near a window indoors. Parsley plants give vigor to rose bushes and tomatoes, making them good garden neighbors.
Very productive when planted in the sun, lavender smells extremely good and does not need an experienced gardener to survive. You can dry it to use it in the kitchen or hang it to scent the house and repel moths.
Very useful for cooking pizzas, sauces,salads and pasta, oregano does not tolerate cold temperatures at all. Instead, plant it in the summer or keep it in the house and prune your plants regularly. Two-thirds of the plant should be removed when it begins to flower.
The curry plant is gray-green and should grow in a very sunny location. Planted in your garden, it repels insects. In the home, it can be used in the kitchen all year round. To cook it, avoid cooking it so as not to lose its flavor. Instead, use it as a seasoning or in salad dressings.
Chervil resembles parsley in taste, use and leaves, in fact it was once called the parsley of the rich. It also has a slight taste of anise. Plant it in moist soil and store unused portions in the freezer as drying it out will rob it of all its flavor.
In Spain, lemon balm is used to flavor milk. It can also give a fresh taste to meats, fish and soups. The plant is very similar to mint, but smells like lemon. If you plant it outside, insulate it a little because it attracts bees and weed often.
Good in curries and cold dishes, cilantro is easy to grow. It must benefit from the full sun and it is necessary to pick theleaves regularly.