Many herbs are quite easy to grow from seeds. If I were you, would give consideration to the previous post and buy a few plants for that first season. But also use the first season as an experiment for starting easy to grow herbs from seeds. Basil, parsley, cilantro are all very easy to grow, and I find that with a little supplemental light will grow well if taken indoors during the winter. There are also many easy to grow perennials that would likely be more practical to buy as plants: oregeno, thyme, rosemary are among them. We use large amounts of basil, parsley, and cilantro, but only use small amounts of all other herbs as needed in some specialty dish. Basil is great on California style pizza, is great on Bruschetta (made with fresh motzarella, tomato, basil one of our favorite summertime snacks), great just directly in a salad, great for pesto, and great for so many other uses. BTW did I say that basil is GREAT! We also use large amounts of parsley. Don't know where that nobody eats parsley joke originated, perhaps relating to that tasteless decorative variety. I keep Basil and parsley growing year round. Parsley will usually overwinter here in zone 8, but does better with a little protection. Cilantro is a little more delicate. We have one primary use for Cilantro, but oh what a use. It is a key ingredient in a home made salsa that was introduced to us by our daughter. Once you make this very simply salsa, you will never be able to go back to the stuff in a jar. Here is the recipe, which has been passed from hand written note to hand written note for a long time. Please try it. The stuff is unbelieveably good. We blend ours until it is much finer texture than the bought stuff, but that is a personal preference.
Add the following to a food processor
Ã‚Â¾ bunch cilantro Ã¢â‚¬â€œ rough chopped
Ã‚Â¼ white onion Ã¢â‚¬â€œ medium chunks
1 bunch green onions Ã¢â‚¬â€œ cut in 2 inch strips
1 jalapeÃƒÂ±o Ã¢â‚¬â€œ rough diced, include a few seeds for heat
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and chiles
1 tablespoon salt
1 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 2 cloves of fresh garlic, finely chopped, smashed
juice of one lime, or to taste
Blend in food processor until desired texture and consistency are reached.
Eclectic gardening style, drawing from 45 years of interest and experience. Mostly plant in raised beds and containers primarily using intensive gardening techniques.