Growing French Herbs Successfully in the AeroGarden Is So Easy

Herbs and cooking pot

Imagine the delicate fragrance of French herbs growing in your AeroGarden unit on your kitchen bench. Growing French herbs successfully in the AeroGarden is so easy.

Fresh French herbs are a cooks delight and will send your taste buds asking for more. Chives, Chervil, Savory, French Sorrel, Sage, Parsley, and Tarragon, are just a few of the beautiful herbs for your kitchen using your AeroGarden. 

Your French herbs will delight your family and guests when you add them to your home-cooked meals, salads, soups or juices. I’ve heard many chefs say that the best way to add fresh herbs to your cooking is right at the end for flavouring and medicinal benefits.

Benefits of French Herbs

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Basil

I often add basil to my pizzas because it adds a beautiful aromatic flavour that is quite peppery. Basil is exceptionally rich in polyphenols which claims to prevent chronic diseases and reduce the stress that can cause cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and mental health. 

Basil has beneficial vitamins such as Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin K and minerals.

Chives 

Chives have a delicate onion taste and are an ideal accompaniment to scrambled eggs. The benefit of adding chives to your meals is the nutritional value: Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin A, Calcium and potassium. 

Chives are claimed to reduce the risk of cancer, help with sleep and mood, eye health, inflammation, 

Chervil

Leaves, dried flowers are used to make medicine for

  • Fluid retention
  • Coughs
  • Digestion
  • High blood pressure
  • Gout
  • Infection
  • Skin condition

Chervil contains calcium and potassium. You can add Chervil to your juicer and recipes

Sage

The benefit of Sage helps improve brain function and memory because it is full of healthy nutrients and aids in fighting inflammation and damaged cells in your body.

Health benefits include Alzheimer’s, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and inflammation. 

Nutritional values of Sage include magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, folate, beta-carotene, vitamin A and K.

Savoury

The Leaves of Savory have two distinct benefits Carvacrol and Thymol, which fights against a range of Bacillus cereus and E. coli strains. It’s claimed the plant’s leaves also have antiseptic and antifungal properties to protect the human body from a range of fungal infections; anti-inflammatory lowers bad cholesterol and boosts good cholesterol.

Sorrel

Sorrel, the herb, should not be mistaken for Roselle, Jamaican or Guinea Sorrel. 

The benefits of Sorrel for medicinal purposes:

  • Reduces pain
  • Lowers inflammation of the nasal passages
  • It helps to lessen respiratory tract
  • Treating bacterial infections
  • Be used as a diuretic
  • An ingredient for herbal treatment in fighting cancer

Sorrel contains Vitamin A, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.

Parsley

Parsley can have a sweet taste that has an earthy flavour. One cup of parsley will provide the human body with plenty of vitamin K. It is rich in myricetin (Flavonoid).

Tarragon

Adding Tarragon at the end of your cooking or salads will provide you with beneficial nutrients of magnesium, iron and zinc.

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Types of French Herbs that can be grown in your AeroGarden

  • Chervil prefers to grow in cool temperatures, and it can be grown in your AeroGarden. It has a delicate scent and grows quite well indoors. As Chervil grows, keep it trimmed to help make the plant busier and shape to make it more attractive; it will help slow the process of the plant bolting.
  • Sorrel is relatively easy to grow and add to your salads and soups. There is also a red-veined sorrel variety. Sorrel can also be transplanted out in the garden. I planted my red-veined Sorrel outside after growing it in the aerogarden, and it keeps on producing more leaves.
  • French Basil, also known as Marseille Basil, is “Queen of fragrance”. A small plant with large leaves, sturdy growth, you will be able to harvest it for several months or more.
  • Parsley is an excellent herb to grow in your AeroGarden, which you can then transplant to a garden pot or in the veggie patch as it produces much more prominent. Parsley is best included or served as a dressing at the end of your cooking time.
  • Sage is an excellent flavour for food. Sage does not grow as quick in the AeroGarden as other herbs. It does require the grow lights to remain low while getting established, and as it grows, you will be able to raise the light higher.
  • Chives are long and slender that has a mild onion smell and flavour.  They are slow to grow in the AeroGarden. Yes, they take a while to germinate, and they grow very slowly in the beginning. Chives need light to grow successfully, so you will need to prune back the taller plants so that chives receive more light. In addition, it is crucial to keep the light hood on the lowest setting until your chives start to grow and become stronger. If you raise your light because basil or dill have grown too fast, your dill will stop thriving and become weak looking.
  • Savoury comes in a range of varieties. Some have a hint of flavour, mint and rosemary.  You can grow Savoury in your AeroGarden all year round. 

There are two types of Savoury winter and summer.

The Winter savoury is a perennial that spreads and can grow 6 to 12 inches high. They have dark green leaves that are narrow. The taste is between sage and pine, much more pungent than the summer variety.

Summer Savory is an annual that is a low growing variety “related to rosemary and thyme”. Its taste can be hot, peppery with a hint of marjoram, mint and thyme.

It can grow much taller than the winter Savory, about 12 to 18 inches and has thick stems covered with dark green leaves. It produces flowers that are small with colours of white, pink or lilac. Seeds are collected after the blooms. 

French Herbs that cannot be grown successfully in the AeroGarden

French Tarragon is quite difficult to grow from seed and can grow from cuttings. Mexican Tarragon can be grown from seed and has a peppery taste like anise.

The Most Popular French Herbs for your kitchen

Herbs sprinkled over Pumpkin Soup
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Delicate Flavours

  • Tarragon 
  • Chives
  • Chervil
  • Parsley

Distinctive Flavour

  • Oregano
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme has a minty flavour

What did the AeroGarden French Herb Kit include?

  • You get to choose from 25 different herb varieties
  • Liquid Nutrient plant food that is specially made and patented
  • Grow domes that act as a greenhouse, so your seeds germinate
  • Step by Step growing instructions guide

Where can I buy the AeroGarden French herb kits?

French Herb Sered kits were once available from Lowe’s online; however, they no longer stock them.

You can purchase a custom herb seed pod kit from AeroGarden by creating your blend of herbs. Your custom kit will contain everything that you need to grow in any of their AeroGardens units.

The time range for seeds to germinate is within 7-14 days, and harvesting is from 4-6 weeks. Your beautiful herbs will continue to grow for six months or longer.

I have often transplanted my herbs out into the garden, and they have continued to grow much longer.

Put an example of my parsley.

What are the benefits of growing French herbs in my AeroGarden

Besides the health benefits and culinary benefits, AeroGarden 

  • select seeds are tested for maximum growth, flavour, colour and yield
  • Guaranteed Non-GMO seeds, herbicide and pesticide-free
  • Germination Guarantee 100% and if your seed pod doesn’t germinate, AeroGarden will replace it for free
  • AeroGarden’s uses pure Canadian Sphagnum Peat for their pre-seeded pods
  • Soil-free, no-mess, indoor gardening all year round

To learn How to Grow Vegetables in Winter? click here

In Summary

Have I got your taste buds going? Are you ready to grow your French herbs successfully in Your AeroGarden? 

Adding fresh French herbs to your recipes will delight your family and guests.  Also, having your aerogarden on display in the kitchen will be a talking point for your visitors, especially when you show them how sprinkling fresh herbs added to home-cooked food has many medicinal and vitamin properties for the human body.

You can learn more about growing awesome herbs for your AeroGarden right here.

If you have any questions about this post’s content, please leave a comment below I would love to hear what you think about the article.

References

Traditional Flavour Profiles: French Herbs and Spices

Medical Journal of Australia (MJA): Health benefits of herbs and spices: the past, the present, the future

Medical News Today

Health Benefits times.com

16 thoughts on “Growing French Herbs Successfully in the AeroGarden Is So Easy

  1. Sasha A says:

    Hey Yvonne, I have always wanted to grow herbs indoors but I don’t have adequate bright light in my kitchen so I am wondering if the aerogarden French herb kit comes with grow lights or whether you think it is a good idea for me to invest in them separately? If so, would you happen to have a recommendation ?

    Thank you for providing such an informative post!

    • Yvonne says:

      When I first started looking into purchasing an aerogarden I assessed the size of my family and I wanted to grow herbs. So to start with I chose gourmet herbs. You can see my results under my project tab. I also transferred the parsley to my veggie patch which is now a year old. I’ll put the photo up later today.

  2. Norman Richards says:

    Thank you so much for your post I have bookmarked it to revisit. I have heard about these gardens before and they seem to be really amazing and can do a lot. Thanks again for the insight

  3. Millie Zeiler says:

    This is something I have in common with you, Yvonne. I love my herbs! I’ve just harvested over 6 versions of basil alone as I like blending them together for homemade pizza sauces I do.

    And I 100% swear by the aero-garden techniques! While I do have one AeroGarden already, I’m looking for another now as I don’t have enough space to take care of all the herbs I’m now bringing indoors as the weather cools off.

    • Yvonne says:

      You can put your Aerogarden units in different places, even the laundry. Some people have garages, cellars or sheds. But if I put mine in those places besides the kitchen I would be inclined to forget they are there.

      If you have enough space near any power point would be ideal. It’s great to have a budding Aerogardener.

  4. Edwin Bernard says:

    You definitely got my taste buds alive when I read your article. It was very helpful not only for use in recipes but also in explaining the possible health benefits of these French herbs. We’ve never grown herbs before and will give this activity serious thought now.

    Cheers.

    Edwin

    • Yvonne says:

      Hello Edwin thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m so happy to hear your taste buds are working.

      Growing your own herbs in an aerogarden have a much higher nutritional benefit than growing them outdoors.

      My favourite is making a home made pizza with tomato and basil. The basil leaves are so crunch on top.

      All the best.

  5. Louise Barry-Taylor says:

    Hi Yvonne
    I am learning so much from your website – like all the health benefits of these French herbs for example!
    I love growing and eating herbs and spices, so I will definitely be back for more. I need to do some research on Aerogardens in South Africa – can you assist me with this, please?
    Blessings
    Louise

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Louise thank you for leaving a comment. I have written some reviews on various models that you might be interested in. I have a tab in the menu called reviews.

      You can also access a project that I did in the Aerogarden harvest. It’s a diary showing the growing stages of my herbs.

      If you have any further questions feel free to leave comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

      Thank you.

    • Yvonne says:

      Hello Joseph thank you for leaving your comment. Growing herbs in an Aerogarden has more nutritional benefits than growing them outdoors.

      The best part I like is having them in my kitchen, I don’t have to walk outside in wet weather or freezing temperatures to get some parsley, sage or any other fresh herb.

      They leave a wonderful aroma in the kitchen.

      All the best.

  6. Danijela says:

    Hi Yvonne, the great article and an amazing site too! I enjoyed reading. For the first time I heard about Aero Gardening and I am thrilled of the idea of growing my plants this way. Especially because I live in a flat and I do not have my yard where I could plant them. Keeping plants in a kitchen sounds great especially when it comes to spices you mentioned in the text. I adore all French Herbs like sage, rosemary and basil. Basil is a divine spice and it is wonderful to have opportunity to grow it at home! Thanks for this useful information and I will contact you when I start to make my own Aero Garden. All the best, Danijela

    • Yvonne says:

      Hello Danijela, thank you for your lovely comment. I’m so happy you liked the article on growing french herbs. Once you buy a unit for your flat, you will find the aroma fills the air with basil, especially when touched or brushed up against. Herbs in your flat will provide you with lots of nutritional value and help clean the air. I am looking forward to our next meeting.

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