How to Create a Perfect Pizza Herb Garden


| 5/4/2018 4:00:00 PM



Growing herbs in the garden is a great way to easily produce tasty herbs that will add flavor to your cooking. Skip the added preservatives of frozen store bought pizza and consider making your own this summer. Pizzas can be very adaptable to different tastes and preferences but adding herbs fresh from the garden is a great way to add flavor and interest to your meal.  Create an herb garden with these flavorful herbs to make perfectly fresh pizzas at home.

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Sweet Basil

Growing basil in your pizza garden is a great way to add flavor and beauty to your pizza. Basil is also great for many other summer dishes and provides a unique and amazing taste that compliments a wide range of cuisines. Basil is easiest to grow as a starter but can also be planted as seed if started indoors.

Make sure that basil plants get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day and are planted in well-drained soil. Pinch off flower heads as they appear to encourage the plant to continue growing. Harvest basil as soon as the plant is at least 6 inches tall. The plant will continue growing as long as you pick the leaves on a regular basis.

Place full leaves on top of pizza or chop them up to sprinkle over the pizza. Basil is excellent when combined with tomato and mozzarella for a fresh taste.



Oregano

This is another pizza staple that combines well with many different pizza flavors. Oregano thrives in part to full sunlight and can be started from seeds or a plant. Once the plants reach about 4 inches tall pinch the leaves to help the plant grow large. Regular trimming will allow the plant to continue growing. Don’t worry about watering oregano too much as it doesn’t need extra or damp soil. Oregano is a self-seeding plant so it will grow back every year. Harvest the leaves as you need them for pizzas and consider stripping the leaves off of the branches if desired.