Currently I have three herbs alive and well in the vegetable garden: cilantro, oregano, and parsley.
Oregano is a perennial and it shouldn't be a surprise that it came through the cold winter just fine. I like to dry the leaves for use in sauces over the winter but we use it fresh throughout the year. Rumor has it that oregano is a good companion plant for cabbages and helps to repel cabbage loopers - I despise those things!
|Parsley in the Vegetable Garden|
Parsley is a biennial and likes to grow nice fluffy foliage the first year then produce seed the second year. Once the seed comes the plant is done for! Parsley is a good companion plant for alliums (onions, chives etc.), asparagus, tomato, and carrots.
|Cilantro in the Vegetable Garden|
Other Herbs I'll Grow in the Vegetable Garden:
Basil - I already have basil seed started but I'll sprinkle basil seed in many places. It goes great with tomatoes.
Thyme - Can you ever have enough time? I'll direct sow these seeds too.
Sage - I already have this herb growing in some ornamental beds but this year I'll propagate a few to put around the outside of the garden.
Herbs can play an important role in repelling animals like rabbits since the scent of the herbs is not necessary something they enjoy. Too bad, they just don't know what they are missing!