Plant: Culinary Herbs

Having some culinary herbs growing in your urban space is perhaps the easiest and most efficient way to grow edible plants. Here are four of our most recommended herbs to plant in our Dallas area (USDA Hardiness Zone 8a). The leaves of each of these can be used fresh or dried in your home cooking.

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Oregano

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Rosemary

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Thyme

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Chives

Why do we like them so much?

1.     They’re “perennial”, which means they grow year round. You have a constant source of herbs for cooking all year long!

2.     They love sun. In fact, they need to be in a sunny location with ideally at least six hours of sunlight every day.

3.     They don’t need a lot of water.

4.     Summarizing the previous two points, these herbs are very low maintenance and easy to maintain. You can basically leave them alone once established (occasional watering and pruning).

5.     They can also provide flowers that are attractive to bees and butterflies and other good pollinators in our environment.

So, plant these perennial culinary herbs in your urban space (even a pot on your patio will do!). Give them sunlight and some room to grow. Keep them water till they get established, then water occasionally if they are very dry (that shouldn’t be often).