Calamari, carbonara, fettuccini, lasagna, pizza, manicotti, and spaghetti, to name a few delicious foods. All of these Italian foods have entered the vocabulary of any food lover, thanks to their savory tastes, subtle flavors and sexy presentation. Well, why not invite the flavors of Italy to your home with an Italian herb garden? With its herbs fresh from the plants to your food, you can indeed enjoy the Italian cuisine the way the Italians love them. Plus, it does look nice having a garden of herbs in your kitchen window sill or in your backyard.
Italian herbs are very easy to grow. You often just need to provide them with a little care in the form of plenty of sunshine, regular watering and periodic trimming and voila! You have a piece of Italy in your home and in your food.
There are two ways with which to start planting your Italian herb garden. First, you can grow the herbs from seeds that often come in packets sold at the local nursery or in gardening websites. In fact, you can find Italian herb garden kits with the works from the seeds and planting materials to the planting instructions and cooking suggestions. Second, you can grow the herbs from seedlings that you can purchase from the local nursery as well as from your own harvest. You can either plant them on a pot or directly in the ground. In either case, you have to ensure that sufficient spaces are provided for the plants lest aggressive plants kill the others.
No matter the type of cultivation you apply to start your Italian herb garden, you have to enjoy the process. After all, it is in the enjoyment of an activity that you will be motivated to achieve more with it.
Herbs to Grow
There are many Italian herbs that you can grow quite easily and enjoyably, too. Of course, you have to do your research about the ways with which each one will thrive but your efforts should pay off in the end when you start smelling the aroma, tasting the savory texture and seeing the sight of so many plants growing under your care.
You have basil, which every Italian dish seems to have in its list of ingredients. When added to food, it just makes the whole dish come alive with its aroma and flavor. You can also plant oregano that, in addition to its taste and aroma, also produces tiny purple flowers. In a way, you have a sight for sore eyes in addition to a flavor for tired tongues.
No Italian herb garden will be complete without rosemary. Not only does its name sound lyrical but the taste of rosemary lends a burst of flavor few other herbs can provide in addition to its colorful burst of burst of blue flowers.
Of course, there are other Italian herbs to consider like sage and garlic. For starters, however, you should determine which Italian herbs you use the most in your cooking and then progress to other herbs and other flavors. You might just find yourself with a veritable Italian herb garden that will become the envy of family and friends.