It’s amazing the flavour you can grow in Alberta’s short summers. In most of
the province, we get about 105 to 125 frost-free days, but we have lots of sunlight to
sustain all kinds of garden life. Whether you’re a new or experienced gardener, fresh
herbs like parsley, chives, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, oregano and mint can flourish
in your backyard. And if you plant your herbs in pots, they can be brought indoors
on cool nights or during bouts of inclement weather. Basil requires a little more
coddling and does well indoors; in fact most herbs can be kept within easy reach of
the cook, needing little more than a pot of soil and a sunny spot.
The satisfaction of growing your own herbs is only outmatched by the pleasure of
eating them. When you add a pinch to a sauce, a sprig to a sandwich or a handful to a
salad, smoothie or bowl of pasta, the result is a burst of flavour. Plus, adding herbs to
your dishes is a great way to add taste without adding salt.
For information on how to dry fresh herbs,
Add extra taste and aroma to many
dishes with ingredients from your own