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Fresh herbs are such an asset to any kitchen, but not everyone has a garden, plus gardening is seasonal, so dried herbs can be handy too.

Do you use a mix of them or just one type of herbs?

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We have a mix of everything - a large stock of dried herbs and spices, fresh herbs growing in the garden and also in pots on my kitchen windowsill. That way we still have fresh herbs right through the winter, though obviously not quite as wide a range as during the summer. I don't like buying bunches of herbs as we never seem to use the whole bunch before it dies and that seems like a terrible waste. Herbs I can pick as I need them are much better.
I also grow sprouts, which add a bit of fresh green zing to allsorts of meals :)
We have herbs in our herb garden. Delicious and fresh!
Have parsley, rosemary, coriander, dill, chives, sage, thyme, marjoram, oregano, several varieties of mint, chili and basil, and shallots. But buy powdered herbs as well. Luckily have a large garden and many of these now grow wild. Also quite a few veggies also just keep popping up such as kale, capsicums, tomatoes, lettuces etc.
I grow rosemary, mint, lemon balm, thyme, parsley, basil, lemon basil and oregano. I buy some dried herbs. Fresh herbs are great in cooking. I love the smell of them in the garden too.
I love fresh herbs and we have a herb garden. I only ever use dried herbs in winter when the herb garden needs a bit of a rest.
I have chives in a little pot in the kitchen at the moment but plan to add parsley and basil to it as I would like to use them more in dishes. It's so convenient having a herb garden because they just grow and you pick them as you need, whereas buying a bunch you don't get to use it all before it dies.

I only use Tuscan dried herbs, they seem to have a little of everything.
Great for meat, salads, mashed potatoes...you name it!
I definitely prefer to grow herbs at home: fresh ones are so expensive at the supermarket, and half the time they've been grown hydroponically and don't have the strong scents you want anyway!
I have a herb garden but we only have one or two herbs (basil, parsley, coriander) so we buy some as well.
We grow parsley and rosemary. I'd like to also grow basil and a few others. Soon enough.
by Vee
I love fresh herbs and it is so much cheaper to grow your own than to buy them. Better still, even if you don't have much room, they grow very well in a pot on your window sill or even on a balcony in a small pot. I regularly use coriander, basil and chives but have also got parsley and rosemary too, which I use less often. I tend to use mine separately but it depends on what I'm cooking.
I love fresh herbs, but hate paying for them. So I rarely buy herbs from the shop. I'm starting to build up my garden and have mint, basil and recently added rosemary to it. As well as spring onions which I use as a herb. I bought some parsley to put in but it has died before getting planted...so I just raid my parents' garden when I need some!
We keep trying to grow them with varying success.I love to have a bunch in a vase in the kitchen.
I have parsley, basil, mint, tyme, rosmary the other unfortunately I buy :(
About a month ago, I bought: Thyme, mint, parsley & 2 different tomato plants. (I know they aren't a herb!) The shop didn't have any: Rosemary, basil, or coriander, that i also wanted to buy. We haven't put them into a garden bed, because i'm hoping we're going away for 15 nights next month, & also 2 weeks in Melbourne, (but not at the same time, so I was going to ask my friend who collects our mail to have the herbs at her place to look after,
by Miro
I grow the ones I use a lot. To avoid wastage I chop up the herbs and set them in water in an icecube tray and empty them out when frozen, wrap individully in cling wrap, then into a plastic bag and back into the freezer to take out when needed.
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