Berries and herbs.
Berries and herbs. Glen David Wilson

Herbs bring life and creativity to cooking

WHETHER they are dry or fresh, herbs are a vital part of cooking. They bring life to dishes in the most amazing ways. There are definitely traditional combinations of herbs and ingredients that work, such as tomato and basil, and coconut and mint.

But you can really be so creative and it all comes down to your own individual taste. We recently have loved using blueberries with fresh tarragon.

We have not used a lot of tarragon but its flavour is aniseed-like and pungent. It's lovely.

At home we have a vegie patch where we are currently growing broccoli, capsicums, tomatoes, beetroot and wasabi rocket.

In the other patch are our herbs, where we have our basil bush which is now going on eight years old, lemongrass, Thai basil, garlic chives, sage, parsley and edible flowers.

Growing your own herbs is pretty easy.

You have to remember to water them daily and they love sun. Growing them will also save you a lot of money.

A bunch of basil can be more $3 at the supermarkets and it's teeny tiny. To buy seedlings will cost you less than $3 and you'll have an abundance in coming weeks.

We would really recommend starting to grow your own. If you are a beginner gardener, start with something simple such as parsley or basil in a small pot - you'll be amazed how much you will use it.

Share photos of your vegie or herb gardens at home. Email, tag #danandsteph or email

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