Growing, Harvesting and Preparing Herbs Year-Round

Herbs are packed with wonderful flavors and easy to grow in almost any location year-round.  In today’s post discover growing, harvesting and preparing herbs year-round.

Growing Herbs

If you are new to gardening herbs are a great plant to start with because you can grow most of them in containers in controlled conditions.  Herbs also make a huge impact on the flavor of almost any dish you can make each day.

How to Grow, Harvest and Prepare Summer Herbs Live

In today’s presentation Certified Master Food Preserver and cooking instructor, Janet Cassidy and Social Media Everyday Gardener Bren share their favorite herbs to grow, harvest and cook up.

During today’s presentation join Janet and me out in our garden.  Janet is sharing from her beautiful home garden outside of the Ohio State Capital and take a ride with me on the golf cart out to the geodesic biodome. Let me know what you think of the herb planting I just potted up on today’s show.  I’ll be tweeting a photo of it on Twitter!

My Favorite Mentions During This Video

I would think it would a little easier to pick a favorite herb to grow and eat. Food preservation expert Janet and I had a hard time picking just one herb. Below are some of my favorite herb ideas mentioned.

  • Janet shared with us in the presentations about horseradish which totally got my attention because I’ve never grown that before but love the flavor in many dishes.
This is what horseradish looks like growing in the garden. Photo by Janet Cassidy
  • Janet shared that she loves Rosemary and suggested using it in roasted beets.  Horseradish is the second herbs she enjoys to grow and cook up year-round.  Horseradish is an herb similar to mint and it will spread if you let it go.
  • Bren shared adding fresh mint you grow in a container into the water, tea or liqueur using an infuser for a refreshing drink.


Summertime is one of the most flavorful times of the year when your home and garden can be filled with many herbs that are super easy to grow.  Many herbs like lavender, rosemary, and thyme are hardy and will return from year to year in the garden.   Below are a few of the recipes shared during today’s presentation.

Herb Dip 

herb dip

Want to spruce up your veggie dip or just add some extra zip to your tomato sandwich?  This Herb Dip Recipe is what you want! Be sure to check out the printable recipe card on that link.

Potato Salad with Dill 

Facebook Friends Potato Salad Recipe
Add parsley to the top of Potato Salad Recipe filled with dill.

If you attend the family get-togethers during the summer months I am sure you find a few different potato salads at the events.  In this post featured on my site, I asked Facebook friends what their favorite potato salad recipe was.  With all the replies I got the Facebook Friends Potato Salad recipe was created.

Roasted Beets with Rosemary 

Roasted Golden Beets and Quinoa with Kale Recipe | Bren Haas

Growing beets is super easy but trying to be creative and think of a recipe can be a little challenging.  Here is one of my favorite recipes using roasted beets.

Cooking with Herbs Tip

dill fennel
Fennel Dill

When cooking with FRESH herbs add them at the end of the cooking process to get the best flavor. Dried herbs should be added early.

Let’s Connect

Thank you, everyone, for checking out this share about growing, harvesting and preserving your own herbs.  I hope you will comment below and let us know what you think.  Also, be sure to check out Spade to Spoon page and add a suggestion for upcoming event topics.

See you in the garden,


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