If you are a gourmet cook, you know nothing adds more life and zest to our food more than fresh herbs. For most of us, the thought of planting and tending a garden is way more work than we have the time or energy to take on. But there are ways to grow herbs right in your home, with out a lot of fuss and muss.
Herbs can be grown in containers, as seen here, or directly in the ground. I grow my herbs about 12 inches apart where they can flourish with plenty of soil, sun and stress. That’s right, stress.
Stress — such as heat, little water and little fertilizer once the plants are established — releases herbs’ aromatic oils, which contribute to their flavor. This can sometimes mean my herbs aren’t lush, but the trade-off is I have rosemary, basil and chive plants with a concentrated flavor and aroma that I can smell when I merely brush past.