Herb Gardening

When it comes to versatility, herbs are hard to beat. They provide wonderful fragrance, add delicious flavor to your favorite dishes, look beautiful in your yard (hello, edible landscaping!), attract pollinators, can be dried for use throughout the year – the list goes on and on. Plus, they’re easy to grow and care for. So what are you waiting for? Check out Bonnie’s wide selection of herbs to find just the right ones for your garden.

Herb Gardening Plans

An Herb Garden for Chickens

There are lots of culinary herbs that have wonderful health benefits for your chickens, and can enhance both their diet...

4 x 4-foot Chiles Rellenos Garden

Give your next batch of chiles rellenos — a classic Mexican dish starring roasted, stuffed poblanos often served in tomato...

4 x 4-foot Butterfly Garden

A garden filled with butterflies is one happy-making place. Not only are these winged wonders beautiful to watch, but they...

4 x 4-foot Cajun Garden

Whether you’re itching to fill your big kitchen pot with gumbo, jambalaya, or another classic Cajun entree, it’ll never taste...

4 x 4-foot Tabbouleh Garden

Tabbouleh (or tabouli) is a Middle Eastern staple, and for good reason. The colorful, refreshing combination of tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley,...

4 x 4-foot Tea Garden

Relax with a mug of hot tea brewed from freshly picked herbs grown in your very own container garden. Place...

4 x 4 Grilling Garden

Vegetables go great on the grill, either for a side dish or as the main event. Veggies that hold up...

Hot and Sweet 4 x 4-foot Pickling Garden

Pickled sweet peppers, pickled hot peppers, pickled cucumbers—this garden is designed especially for you pickle lovers! Dill and onions round...

Heirloom Tomato 4 x 4-foot Garden

Variety is the spice of life, so why not spice up your tomato garden with a selection of heirloom tomato...

Fresh Tomato and Pesto 4 x 4-foot Garden

When you have fresh tomatoes and basil, you can create amazingly simple and satisfying summer meals, like pesto and tomato...

4 x 4-foot Homemade Salsa Garden

Make your own salsa using fresh ingredients from this planting plan. Plant yours with two tomatoes, or try tomatillos for...

Easy and Tasty 4 x 4-foot Kids’ Garden

Children will love planting and caring for the special, kid-friendly plants in this 4 x 4-foot kids vegetable garden plan....

Gourmets’ 4 x 4-foot Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean cuisine highlights fresh vegetables and savory, fragrant herbs. This bed gives you those fresh Mediterranean ingredients, no matter where...

Fast and Fresh 4 x 4-foot Pizza Garden

Pizza tops everyone’s list as a favorite food. Why not have the fresh ingredients in your garden? You can make...

Sweet and Spicy 4 x 4-foot Pepper Garden

Peppers are one of the easiest and most fun plants to grow in a summer garden, and many plants will...

Fresh and Handy 4 x 4-foot Herb Garden

Fresh herbs elevate every home-cooked meal. Keep a collection of your favorite herbs handy in a 4 x 4 bed....

Fresh and Early 4 x 4 foot Salad Garden

Lettuces and greens love cool weather, so plant in spring or fall and start harvesting immediately. If your clan loves...

Easy 4 x 4 Summer Garden

This simple 4 x 4-foot summer garden plan can supply you with a bountiful harvest of herbs and summer veggies....

DIY Herb Projects

How to Make a Lasagna Garden

Have you ever started digging a new garden bed, excited about the vegetables and herbs you’ll grow, only to hit rocks and roots with...

3 Easy Ways to Build a Raised Bed Garden

Perhaps you’re a new gardener, growing veggies and herbs for the first time. Maybe you’ve grown your own food for...

DIY Veggie Garden Trellis

Is there anything more satisfying and delicious than growing your own food? From the first tender tips of asparagus in spring to...

DIY Plant Caddy

Containers are a great way to create a garden anywhere you have sun, but larger pots can be heavy and hard...

How to Build a Strawberry Basket Tree

You don’t need big patch of ground in order to grow your own fresh, delicious strawberries. This simple strawberry basket tree...

How to Build a Portable Planter

Thanks to casters and a built-in handle, this roomy portable planter can be moved around your driveway or deck to...

How to Build a Simple Corner Trellis

This simple corner trellis does double duty as both a sturdy support for your plants and a beautiful edible landscaping...

How to Build a Raised Bed Cold Frame

Protect your plants from frost with a simple cold frame that sits right on top of your existing 4′ x...

How to Build an Outdoor Sink

An outdoor sink puts water where you need it, when you need it. For washing vegetables, filling a vase, mixing...

How to Build a Bamboo Trellis Tower

Here’s a simple, beautiful way to support tall-growing (aka indeterminate) tomato plants: a Bamboo Trellis Tower, brainchild of horticulturist and...

How to Build a Raised Bed with Benches

This half-day project makes gardening easier and more comfortable. It’s higher than most raised beds, so you don’t have to...

How to Build a Fold-Down Greenhouse

This simple, inexpensive greenhouse folds down to protect your plants during early frosts and cold snaps, then can be raised...

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...

How to Build a Vertical Herb (or Lettuce!) Planter

Love the taste of fresh herbs? This vertical herb planter lets you grow them all in one convenient place –...

How to Build a Strawberry Pyramid

Celebrate strawberry season by building this simple, elegant strawberry pyramid in an afternoon. Cut the lumber yourself if you have...

Make a Row Cover Hoop House

Many leafy spring and fall crops are frost tolerant into the 20s, but if you’re dealing with lower temperatures, you...

Tasty Herb Recipes

Tomato Soup with Basil Pesto

There’s nothing quite like homegrown tomatoes, and fresh tomato soup, served with a thick slice of toasted bread, is one...

3 Delicious Fall Salads

With the back-to-school flurry of fall, who has extra time to spend in the kitchen? These simple, tasty fall salad...

Scotch Egg Stuffed Peppers

While traditional Scotch eggs are breaded and deep-fried, this version takes this English comfort food in a healthier direction without...

Roasted Eggplant with Herbed Labneh

One of the best ways to enjoy fresh eggplant is to roast it. The flavor intensifies and its nutty, meaty...

Peach Basil Sangria

Celebrate two of summer’s best flavors in this refreshing sangria. The flavor gets better as it sits, so it’s a...

Curried Squash Burgers with Tomato Chutney

Veggie burgers may have a reputation for blandness, but these are packed with flavorful curry powder and other spices. They...

Warm White Bean Bread Salad

Warm White Bean Bread Salad is a delicious, unexpected way to celebrate the freshness of garden-ripe tomatoes. Spread over a...

Pesto and Summer Vegetable Tart

Also called a galette, this Pesto and Summer Vegetable Tart is fast and easy, but very impressive. If you’re making...

Caprese Burger

Burgers are the ultimate summer meal, so why not ratchet the flavor up a notch? These Caprese Burgers are a...

Summer Chicken and Rice

Fresh, hearty, and satisfying, Summer Chicken and Rice is the perfect one-pan, quick-and-easy warm weather dinner. Tomatoes aren’t cooked in...

Athenian Shrimp with Arugula

This is a wonderful choice when you’re looking for a quick, flavorful light dinner. A well-balanced mix of savory and...

Sweet Potato and Blue Cheese Nachos

This is a fresh, flavorful twist on traditional nachos! For extra convenience, these Sweet Potato and Blue Cheese Nachos can...

Greek Chicken Salad Pitas

Tzatziki is a traditional yogurt and dill sauce made to accompany grilled meats and pita. Using it here in place...

Gnocchi with Dill Butter Sauce

In a unique take on the classic cucumbers-and-dill combination, Gnocchi with Dill Butter Sauce makes a quick, savory meal. It...

Tomato and Snap Bean Quiche

Make Tomato and Snap Bean Quiche as a quick brunch dish, or add a cup of cooked sausage, bacon, or...

Spicy Eggplant Stir-Fry

Whip this recipe up on a weeknight when you’re looking to give your family’s tastebuds a wake-up call! Meaty eggplant...

Herbed Hummus

This surprising twist on a Mediterranean favorite has a delightfully fresh flavor. Use just-harvested herbs from the garden if you...

Herbal Tea and Stove Top Potpourri

Whether you’re in the mood for a hot cup of aromatic tea or simply want to fill your home with...

Bruschetta Pizza

This Bruschetta Pizza recipe takes traditional Italian bruschetta to a whole new level. It uses pizza dough in place of...

Warm Winter Slaw

Adding roasted butternut squash and a warm vinaigrette to raw radicchio and kale will slightly wilt the greens and lend...

Green Smoothie

This green smoothie has all the ingredients and flavor of a green juice while maintaining the important nutritional benefits of...

Ratatouille Salad With Japanese Eggplant

A twist on the French classic, this versatile ratatouille salad can be served hot or cold. If you have any...

Sage Pesto

Pesto is typically made with basil, but this version uses fresh sage leaves for a bold, well-rounded twist on the...

Oregano Citrus Marinade

This Oregano Citrus Marinade is a simple yet flavorful take on a Cuban favorite, Mojo. If you can’t find sour...

Marinated Feta Cheese

Once you make this recipe, you’ll want to keep a jar of marinated feta on hand for those last minute...

Quick Pickled Summer Squash

Use a vegetable peeler to make gorgeous squash ribbons for a stunning quick pickles. Of course, you can substitute your...

Marinated Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill

We omitted the onions in this traditional marinated cucumber salad to allow the sharp, fresh flavor of the dill to...

Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

Highlighting the unbeatable flavor of fresh, sweet tomatoes, these marinated cherry tomatoes are definitely worth keeping stocked in your fridge....

Lemon Verbena Tea Bread

This tea bread highlights both the flavor and scent of lemon verbena. The sweet, tangy glaze soaks in, enhancing the...

Maple-Glazed Acorn Squash

Turn your fresh acorn squash into a filling vegetable dish. The sweet maple-currant syrup creates a mouthwatering glaze for the...

Lavender-Lemon Balm Ade

Ready to exchange your usual lemonade recipe for something a little more exciting? Lemon balm and lavender add a delightfully...

Jalapeno Poppers

Your next football viewing party or tailgate needs to include these delicious jalapeno poppers! Baked instead of battered and fried,...

Grilled Turkey-Sage Tenderloins

Turkey isn’t just for holidays and this recipe will have you wanting turkey way more often than that. Serve with...

Heirloom Tomatoes au Gratin

Sliced heirloom tomatoes combine with seasoned breadcrumbs, herbs, and grated cheese to make the ultimate summer comfort food. This gratin...

Broiled Tomatoes

In less than 10 minutes of hands-on time, you can have a beautiful, mouthwatering dish that showcases your garden’s best...

Original Green Goddess Dressing

Highlighting the unbeatable flavor of fresh, sweet tomatoes, these marinated cherry tomatoes are definitely worth keeping stocked in your fridge....

Herbed Red Wine Vinegar

Herbed red wine vinegar, infused with fresh parsley, sage, and rosemary, is a wonderful addition to any pantry. It’s excellent on salads or...

Eggplant Tempura

This is a relatively easy recipe, but something unique for using those home-grown eggplants. If you’re short on time, you...

Greek Roasted Chicken

If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser that’s easy but impressive, this Greek Roasted Chicken recipe is just what you...

Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

This recipe is so tasty that you won’t even miss the potatoes! Lower in carbs than potatoes, mashed cauliflower offers...

Kohlrabi and Root Vegetable Hash

This hash is perfect for a hearty winter breakfast. It’s full of sweetness from the parsnips and sweet potatoes, with...

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Any variety of tomato works well in this recipe — just use your sweetest ones. Roasting them intensifies the flavor...

Watermelon Jicama Salad

This refreshing summer salad boasts a wonderful mixture of tender and crunchy textures, and is delicious served alongside grilled steak...

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

When it comes to adding flavoring to baked goods, it’s common to reach for an extract or concentrated flavoring. But...

Hasselback Rutabagas

Rutabagas might be one of the most undervalued types of fall and winter root vegetables. Baking these roots will amplify...

Roasted Carrots with Chopped Mint Dressing

Roasting carrots is one of the best way to bring out and intensify this root’s inner sweetness. Seasoned with a...

Creamy Tomatillo Salsa

Inspired by the delicious green salsa you’ll find in just about any West Coast taco shop, this tomatillo salsa is...

Grilled Pork with Cilantro-Thyme Butter

This grilled pork recipe is perfect for those warm summer evening cookouts. We recommend serving with a side of grilled...

Just in Thyme Rice

This flavorful rice makes an excellent accompaniment to grilled meats and vegetables. You can also mix it with chopped fresh...

Mint Chutney

Mint chutney is often used as a condiment for Indian cuisine, served alongside spices to flavor entrees and top freshly...

Gumbo z’Herbes

This gumbo is lesser known throughout the country, but is an important dish to Louisiana heritage. Use just about any...

Rosemary Infused Honey

There are two methods for flavoring the honey. One takes longer, but it preserves the healthy microbes in the honey...

Sauteed Artichoke Hearts with Lemon and Pasta

The heart of an artichoke is deliciously meaty and sweet, making it a great main ingredient to saute and use...

Lavender Upside Down Cake

This gorgeous, colorful cake is sure to impress. (Don’t tell, but it looks a lot harder to make than it...

Lemongrass Noodle Bowl

This noodle bowl is perfect for a cold night or when you want something light but full of bright flavor....

Edamame Hummus

Edamame is an excellent substitute for the more traditional chickpeas used in hummus, adding a wonderful nuttiness and color. Throw...

Thai Basil Curry

Though each brand of curry paste is a little different, most labels offer a simple recipe that will show the...

Berry Basil Fruit Salad

Basil may seem like an unlikely accompaniment to fruit, but it adds a surprising depth of flavor and interest to...

Grilled Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ideal for picnics and barbecues, this vibrant dish features grilled sweet summer corn combined with chopped heirloom tomatoes and tossed...

Heirloom Tomato Avocado Salad

While the flavor of cumin is often instantly recognizable, ground coriander (ground from the seeds of cilantro plants) is more...

Thai Beef Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Thinly sliced, seasoned grilled beef, crisp chopped romaine, and wedges of flavorful heirloom tomatoes, all tossed in a spicy Thai...

Heirloom Tomatoes with Buttermilk Dressing

The perfect blend of creamy and tangy, this buttermilk dressing turns already-tasty fresh heirloom tomatoes into a delicious treat you’ll...

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata Cheese

Burrata is a ball of fresh mozzarella filled with a mixture of fresh mozzarella pieces and cream, which can resemble...

Heirloom Tomato Squash Tart

Summer garden buddies tomatoes and squash star together in this tasty pastry. Pair with a fresh salad for a simple...

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Fresh Basil

This cool, refreshing summer soup makes the best of a big, gorgeous bounty of tomatoes. When your harvest is just...

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

I’ll admit, I got carried away while developing this Roasted Butternut Squash Salad. I just kept adding more: more crunch,...

Squash Boats

The great thing about Squash Boats is that they are an excellent introductory vegetable dish that will win any child’s...

Tasty Homemade Tomato Pie

Tomato pie is simple to make and perfect to serve for brunch alongside cheesy grits and a light salad. I...

Baked Jalapeno Poppers

After testing many, MANY jalapeno poppers in my quest to find the best recipe, I think I have finally created...

Grilled Veggie Salsa

Grilling the veggies for this salsa gives them a wonderful smoky flavor. We tested this recipe using Roma tomatoes, but...

Fried Pepper Rings

Serve these alongside burgers in place of French fries for a yummy twist. For a gluten-free batter option, substitute chickpea...

Basil Pesto with Peanuts

This pesto recipe uses peanuts instead of the traditional pine nuts, adding a unique toasty flavor. If you do not...

Herb Marinated Pork Tenderloin Pockets

Liven up lunchtime with grilled pork pita sandwiches that have a decidedly (and delicious) Mediterranean twist. These sandwiches are excellent...

Kale Pastry

Kale is the centerpiece of this savory, quiche-like dish that incorporates sweet onions, garlic, and cheese for a complex, delicious...

Garden Salsa

Homemade salsa is a great afternoon snack. Chow down with a bowlful of tortilla chips or go a more nutritious...

Sriracha Sauce

Often used in Thai and Vietnamese dishes, sriracha sauce adds a tasty kick to noodles, soups, sauces, stir-fries, or pizza....

Basil Chicken Wraps

When making Basil Chicken Wraps, double the basil dressing recipe and keep the extra on hand to toss with hot...

Farro Salad with Arugula, Radish and Goat Cheese

Farro is an ancient grain that’s begun to grow in popularity. It’s high in protein and fiber, making it a...

Marinated Sweet Peppers & Fresh Mozzarella

With its mix of vibrant colors and flavors, this recipe for Marinated Sweet Peppers & Fresh Mozzarella is sure to...

Watermelon Cucumber Sparkler

This sparkler is the perfect addition to a warm day summer day at the lake or an evening barbecue. Add...

Minted Iced Tea

A tall glass of minted iced tea is very refreshing on a hot summer day. While spearmint is the traditional...

Tomato-Basil Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Few salads are as simple to prepare or as satisfying as wedges of garden ripe tomatoes and sweet basil leaves...

Roma Tomato & Oregano Pizza Topping

The canned “pumpkin” you find in the grocery store is actually made from butternut squash. Homemade pumpkin puree is sweeter, has less...

Basil Pesto

The canned “pumpkin” you find in the grocery store is actually made from butternut squash. Homemade pumpkin puree is sweeter, has less...

Asparagus with Red Pepper Dressing

This shortcake is easy, delicious, and just sweet enough. It’s made the old-fashioned way—with biscuits! We used pre-made refrigerated biscuits,...

Fresh Basil Pesto

Pick fresh basil to make basil pesto, a great sauce for pasta or chicken. It’s easy to grow basil in...

Grilled Chicken with Rosemary

This rosemary-lemon marinade is an excellent match for chicken that will be hitting the grill — and perfect for your...

Parsley Tabbouleh Salad

Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern salad containing parsley, bulgur wheat, tomatoes, and other healthy ingredients. This salad makes a wonderful,...

Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

We used freshly-made recaito with culantro and a variety of familiar, pungent spices as the sazon, or seasoning, in this traditional Puerto Rican dish....

Recaito with Culantro

Recaito, a pungent mixture of the culantro, cilantro, onion, garlic, and pepper, is a staple ingredient in many Puerto Rican...

Fresh Basil Pesto with Angel Hair Pasta

Pesto is an easy and delicious way to enjoy fresh basil. Toss this fragrant, flavorful pesto with angel hair pasta,...

Asian Basil Rolls

Yield :  6 rolls Ingredients 3 ounces uncooked rice noodles 6 (8-inch) round sheets rice paper 6 Buttercrunch (or other...

Cucumber Dill Rounds

Yield :  24 appetizer servings Ingredients 2 cups water 2 tablespoons cider vinegar ½ teaspoon salt 1 medium cucumber (about...

Deviled Eggs with Curled Parsley

Yield :  12 servings Ingredients 12 large eggs 6 to 8 tablespoons mayonnaise 3 tablespoons sweet, spicy pickle relish (such...

Fresh Corn, Sage, and Cornbread Casserole

Yield :   10 cups Ingredients 8 cups cubed and toasted cornbread 6 (½ inch thick) slices French bread, cubed 3...

Fresh Marinara Sauce over Penne Pasta

Yield :   6 to 8 main-dish servings with pasta or 5 cups marinara sauce Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1...

Fresh Tomato and Sweet Basil Pizza

Yield :   1  (8-inch)  thin crust pizza Ingredients 1 (4-ounce) ball fresh pizza dough or refrigerated pizza crust ½ teaspoon...

Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

Yield :   2 dozen Ingredients 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves 1/8 teaspoon salt 1...

Pinto Beans with Epazote

Chemical properties in this herb help relieve abdominal discomfort (gassiness) that can come from eating beans. The older leaves have...

Roasted Beets and Carrots with German Thyme

Yield :   6 servings Ingredients 1 pound fresh beets, tops and roots attached 1 pound fresh golden beets 1 pound...

Tarragon Chicken Salad Appetizers

Yield :   8 appetizer servings or 3 cups chicken salad Ingredients 1 (32-ounce) rotisserie chicken, skinned, deboned, and coarsely chopped...

Tofu Panang

Yield :   6 main-dish servings Ingredients 2 (12.2 ounce) packages extra-firm silken tofu 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 small onion,...

Easy White Chili with Hot and Spicy Oregano

Yield :   8 cups Ingredients 4 chicken breast halves (about 1 ½ pounds) 2 teaspoons cumin ½ teaspoon freshly ground...

Watermelon Salad

You’ll love the taste of this fresh watermelon salad. It’s the perfect first course for a summer party or covered...

Stuffed Sweet Onions

Turn sweet onions from your garden into a succulent side dish that goes great with roasted chicken or turkey. This...

Snow and Snap Pea Salad with Spring Vegetables

Yield :   4 servings Ingredients 4 ounces snow peas, trimmed and cut in half 4 ounces snap peas, trimmed and...

Easy Eggplant Parmesan

Traditional Eggplant Parmesan recipes can be time consuming and high in calories. This recipe is simple enough to tackle for...

Salmon with Dill Sauce

This dish is the perfect meal for two, and is easy yet impressive. You can also use the fresh dill...

Rosemary-Honey Butter

Yield :   ½  cup Ingredients ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon honey...

Roasted Pepper and Avocado Dip

Yield :   3 cups Ingredients 1 red bell pepper 1 yellow bell pepper 1 poblano pepper 5 garlic cloves, peeled...

Herb Hummus

Yield :  2  ½ cups Ingredients 3 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas 1 cup plain yogurt ¾ cup tahini ¾ cup olive...

Grilled Corn Salsa

Take this delicious dish to your next summer party – it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. If you don’t...

Garden Fresh Pico de Gallo

A wonderful use for your green tomatoes, this casserole will please even the pickiest eaters. The tart tomatoes are complemented...

Fruit Salad with Lemon and Mint Sauce

Bright and refreshing, this fruit salad shows off the flavors of fresh melon, strawberries, and mint — a real treat...

Fresh Tomato Tart

Perfect for brunch, this tomato tart has an impressive presentation and a succulent taste. This dish is a great way...

French Bread with Rosemary Olive Oil

Olive oil and fresh herbs create a flavorful bread topping that will turn an ordinary loaf of bread into a...

Dill Puffs

These light and fluffy rolls are flavored with fresh dill from the garden. Bake them in muffin cups and brush...

Curried Fresh Tomato Sauce

Yield :  4 servings Ingredients 1 pound tomatoes, cored and quartered 6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced 2 jalapeno peppers,...

Creole Okra

This recipe combines the most treasured bounty of a summer garden — peppers, okra, and tomatoes — in a delicious...

Cool Spiced Green Tea

Take your iced tea up a notch by making this spiced green tea with a pleasing mix of flavors, including...

Confetti Herbed Vegetables

Yield :  4 servings Ingredients 8 to 10 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1-½ cups fresh corn kernels, cut from...

Braised Brussels Sprouts

Savory and citrusy, these Braised Brussels Sprouts make a delicious side dish. If you end up making these often, you...

Basil Tomato Soup

Ingredients 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 small onion chopped finely 1 clove of garlic, minced 2 tablespoons of all-purpose...

Arugula Salad with Fennel

This is salad is bright and full of flavor, nicely complementing grilled meats or fish, or warm pasta. If you...

Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

Yield :  4 servings Ingredients 2 (4-ounce) logs plain goat cheese 1 egg white 1 teaspoon water ½ cup fresh...

Arugula and Chicken Salad Roll-Ups

Yield :  4 servings Ingredients ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives 1 garlic clove, coarsely...