Grow a Backyard Herb Garden

If you’ve ever considered creating a backyard herb garden, now is the perfect time to get started. With average February high temperatures in the Temecula Valley in the mid 60s, gardening is a pleasurable and healthy way to get outdoors.

If you’ve ever considered creating a backyard herb garden, now is the perfect time to get started. With average February high temperatures in the Temecula Valley in the mid 60s, gardening is a pleasurable and healthy way to get outdoors. A long list of herbs can be successfully planted year round, and more thrive in cooler late winter and early spring temperatures.

Herbs for Your Temecula Valley Garden

  • Get the kids interested in gardening with chives — they can be planted in any season, are easy to grow, and taste great paired with sour cream as an elegant baked potato topping. Parsley is another easy-to-grow herb ideal for beginners, and even the pickiest young palates can enjoy tasting the fruit of their labors. February is the perfect time to plant parsley. More adventurous taste buds will appreciate garlic chives, which are also easy to grow with a winter start.
  • Add beauty, color, and fragrance to your backyard with aromatic lavender or rosemary. These wonderful additions to any backyard herb garden are very hardy and can be planted any time.
  • Tea lovers, give lemon balm a try. This herb can be planted year round. As a bonus, it will draw useful bees and butterflies to your yard.
  • Chefs who love cooking with an Asian flair can plant lemon grass at any time of year to have this delicious herb on hand any time.
  • Got insomnia? Backyard-grown chamomile makes a delicious and relaxing tea which is a time-honored home remedy. Plant chamomile in winter for graceful, delicate flowers in late spring.
  • Home cooks who enjoy a variety of ethnic cuisines will want to plant cilantro in the winter. This zesty herb is an essential to many Mexican and Middle Eastern dishes.
  • Arugula is a fantastic addition to a backyard herb garden for salad lovers. This spicy, peppery herb adds delicious “bite” to any salad mix. Get arugula started in February and you can enjoy it in salads all summer long.
  • Do you always grab the black jelly beans? If so, experiment with fennel, which shares the same licorice flavor. Start fennel in late winter and this herb’s hardy bulbs and delicate fronds will grace your garden for years to come. A few tablespoons of shaved fennel bulb is a delicious addition to a zesty Greek salad.
  • Spring is time for many traditional recipes showcasing dill, which grows well when started in the winter. Add dill to deviled eggs, vinaigrette for salad or vegetables, or to top baked salmon.

Herbs for Indoors

In addition to planting herbs outside, foodies should consider starting an indoor herb garden as well. A sunny kitchen ledge or countertop along a window is an ideal location for gardening indoors. Several delicious and unusual herbs may not survive a surprise frost or heat wave. Foodies can enjoy cooking with traditional herbs like borage, chervil, lovage, salad burnet, sorrel, and tansy, all of which are hard to find commercially. An indoor herb garden for your home is the perfect solution.

They call me "The Temecula Answer Lady" because I am your insider source for everything local. My husband Scott and I have been raising our daughters in the beautiful Temecula Valley since 2003. My passion for contributing to our amazing quality of life here in the Temecula Valley leads me to volunteer for organizations like National Charity League, Inc., Temecula Valley Chapter (a founding member and 2015-2016 president), Hillcrest Academy, MOMS Club of Temecula-Central (a past president), Congregation B'nai Chaim of Murrieta, among others. http://www.mytemeculadreamhome.com

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