Prepare to be inspired with these sure-fire ways to use your homegrown herb harvest.


Growing your own herbs is a delightful journey that rewards you with freshness, flavor, convenience, and satisfaction. Discover how your homegrown heroes can enhance your meals, jazz up your beverages, and make a DIY artist out of you. Plus, learn how you can continue to enjoy them year-round with some easy ways to preserve them.

Let’s Put Your Herbs to Work

Now it’s time to let your herbs do what they do best, perform — the payoff for taking the time to care for them. Let us spark your inspiration with all sorts of ways you can feast, savor, sip, and create with your herbs.

Feast: 3-Course Meal

Whip up all three recipes or just choose one, either way, you’ll be sure to set the table with dishes that burst with flavor — thanks to your fresh herbs.

Savor: Fusions & Marinades

Sprinkle a little magic into your dishes with these recipes that’ll leave you with mouth-watering results.

  • Marinated Feta Cheese: What do you get when you meld feta cheese with fresh herbs? A vibrant, savory symphony of flavors.
  • Rosemary-Honey Butter: There’s no butter way to let the invigorating pine-like flavors of rosemary shine.
  • Oregano Citrus Marinade: This simple yet flavorful take on a Cuban favorite, Mojo, unleashes the bitter and citrus flavors of oregano.

Sip: Beverages

Play the role of both bartender and botanist — shaking things up with herbaceous beverages. A toast to your garden's bounty and the ultimate blend of mixology and Mother Nature's finest!

  • Elderflower Rosemary Fizz: Thanks to its refreshing spa-water vibes, this aromatic cocktail is a great way to unwind after a long day.
  • Peach Basil Sangria: A great make-ahead drink for a party, this refreshing sipper celebrates the delightful flavors of basil.
  • Rose Thyme Wine Cooler: A great way to rejoice in the earthy flavors of thyme while stretching your bottle of wine out for your guests.

Create: DIY Projects

Working with herbs can be a relaxing and fulfilling experience, offering a sensory journey that brings a bit of nature's tranquility into your home. Add a personal touch to your space and tap into the therapeutic and aromatic benefits herbs offer with these projects.

  • How to Make an Herb Wreath: Capture the beauty, fragrance, and flavors of your herb garden in a classic wreath—no special skills or artistic ability required. Not only will it look beautiful, but you can snip herbs from it to season your favorite dishes.
  • How to make Bath Salts with Lavender and Rosemary: The soothing scents of rosemary and lavender enliven our gardens and kitchens, but the usefulness of these and other aromatic herbs doesn't stop there. Handmade soaps, scrubs, and salts bring herbs into your bath as well, with soothingly satisfying results.

Preserving Your Herbs

Have a batch of excess herbs you don’t want to see wilt away? Freeze or dry them to extend their shelf life. You’ll be left with green goodness that can be plucked from the pantry or freezer for spur-of-the-moment meals.

How to: Freeze

  • Dill, Rosemary, Thyme — Spread whole or chopped leaves on a paper towel- or parchment-lined tray, freeze for 24 hours, then pack loosely in freezer bags. When freezing thyme, leave the stems on during the initial freezing process, then toss the stems lightly and the leaves should fall right off.
  • Basil, Oregano — Mix your harvest with a little olive oil in a blender or food processor to create a slurry, then pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Or, freeze the leaves in trays with water, then simply toss the cubes into soups, stews, or sauces.
  • Parsley, Chives, Cilantro, sage, and Tarragon — Make your “grab and go” herbs easy to retrieve from your freezer by rolling them into “cigars”. Just drop your harvest into a freezer bag, then roll it up (removing air as you roll).  And lastly, secure the roll with rubber bands. When it’s time to use your herbs, slice a chunk from the frozen "cigar".
  • Mint — Place whole leaves in ice cube trays and fill them halfway with water. Freeze for two hours, then top the tray off with more water and finish freezing. You’ll be left with beautiful ice-encased mint leaves to chill your favorite beverages.

How to: Dry 

  • Air Drying — This is one of the most common methods of drying herbs. Just bunch them together, hang them upside down or lay sprigs on screens, and let them rest in a dark, warm place.
  • Electric Dehydrating — Prep your harvest by rinsing them in cool water, then gently shake them to remove moisture. Place the herbs in a single layer on the tray and dry on the lowest setting possible for the best flavor (between 95 F and 115 F).

And now, it’s time to go from learning to doing (and soon, enjoying!). Just remember one thing, every step of the journey should be fun — so crank up some tunes, get your vibe on, and unleash the aromatics!