Beginning Herb Garden, Kids Only

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Spring starts this week, and so begins our attempt at gardening.  This year I decided to let the kids have complete ownership over one herb plant (in honor of the letter H).  They are responsible to:

  • Choose the herb
  • Plant it
  • Water it
  • Teach us how to use it
  • Make a meal with it!

Nate chose Basil, Erica chose Oregano, and TJ chose Cilantro.  After they planted, they got on the computer and opened some of my health books to do a little research so they know how to care for their plant, and how to cook with their plants.

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We had so much fun learning about the herbs they chose.  Here is what we found out.

  • Basil
    • Used to make pesto
    • Can use in soups and salads
    • Has been shown to restrict bacteria growth, including some bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics!  Amazing!
  • Oregano
    • High in Vitamin K
    • Also has the anti-bacterial properties!
    • “on a per gram fresh weight basis, oregano has demonstrated 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries.” WH FOODS
    • Can use Oregano in pizza sauce, bread, and salad dressings.
  • Cilantro
    • Another anti-biotic! Wow! According to WH Foods again, the compound dodecenal was twice as effective as antibiotics in killing salmonella.
    • Helps stimulate insulin secretion and lower blood sugar.
    • Can be used in dressings, salsa, guacamole, or many Mexican foods.

If you want to make some labels for you’re herb pots, use the images below.

  • Large Label for herb pot
  • Small label for herb pot

I’m curious what indoor herb plants have grown best for you?

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I have to admit we don’t really use herbs/spices. Just on occasion my husband puts some in his chili and I don’t use them at all. Maybe this would be something for us to try, they look so cute. We do have a vegetable garden though and the kids love to help plant that and take care of it. Thanks for the idea.
I also found out today that I like mushrooms plain and not cooked, just a few tossed in my salad. I like it when something I didn’t like before ends up being good if I try a different way. Thanks for your ideas Amy.

What a fun and relatively easy way to TRY and get these amazing super herbs into our life. I love all your ideas Amy and you’ve inspired even me to go try this. I am a big user of dried herbs….but there is nothing like the taste and aroma of FRESH! I’ll let you know how ours go.
PS I LOVE YOUR LABELS! THANKS FOR SHARING!

Would like to be more self-sufficient when it comes to using fresh herbs in my cooking, but not sure where to start. Where is the best place to buy seeds for herbs? Online retailer? Home improvement store? Or am I way off…