21 Herbs and Spices You Should ALWAYS Grow

21 Herbs and Spices You Should ALWAYS Grow

In this video, I give you my best 21 herbs and spices that I recommend you should always grow in your home garden.

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0:00 Intro
0:22 1. Basil
1:17 2. Coriander
2:01 3. Kaffir Lime
2:42 4. Lemongrass
3:12 5. Turmeric
4:00 6. Ginger
4:40 7. Galangal
5:35 8. Oregano
6:22 9. Thyme
7:06 10. Lemon verbena
7:54 11. Dill
8:46 12. Parsley
9:34 13. Bay leaf
10:16 14. Mint
11:07 15. Chives
11:40 16. Curry tree
12:13 17. Rosemary
12:54 18. Chilli
13:31 19. Mustard
14:00 20. Fennel
14:31 21. Garlic

#garden #herbs #spices


  1. Elwood Hindley on October 14, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    I wouldn’t remove or replace any of yrs Mark. My favourite is LEMON MYRTLE trees. The leaves make fantastic tea and make green tea drinkable as well as super refreshing as a cold drink, ground into powder for cooking and are low maintenance trees.💕🇦🇺
    FREEZE DRYERS here in Oz are super expensive. What brand do you have and where did you get it?
    Your cooking always looks so YUMMY MARK!🙏💕🇦🇺 after making TUMERIC/GINGER/BLACKPEPPER JUICE which I have 1 x Shot glass AM/PM my arthritis is pain free on those days, so much more potent than any capsule.

  2. J. L. Emerson on October 14, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Try growing chile tepin. It is probably the ancestor of all hot peppers. Its fruit is tiny, usually no larger than a pea. The heat is unbelievable, it starts out mild then the burn sets in, reaching a fiery crescendo before settling down to manageable levels. Chile tepin easily perrenializes. I’ve seen hedges of it growing along fence lines where it’s ‘planted’ by birds. If you have cold winters it might die back but it always comes back in the spring. It’s the perfect pepper to grow if you want to plant it & forget it because it’s not a high maintenance plant.

  3. Paani Zizman on October 14, 2022 at 7:57 pm


  4. Self Sufficient Me on October 14, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    G’day Everyone, I finally got this video done! Thanks for your ongoing support 🙂 Feel free to visit my Website at https://selfsufficientme.com/

  5. Ramthian Thomson on October 14, 2022 at 7:58 pm


  6. Bluce Ree on October 14, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Poppey the sailor man! Du duu du, du duu du du!

  7. beauty of nature on October 14, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    नाईस नॉलेज हाऊस फार्मिंग

  8. riverstun on October 14, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Add Marjoram, and you can drop Oregano (if you must). Marjoram is a more floral, fragrant version of Oregano. It goes well with Fava Beans or Zucchini, cooked, then with fresh olive oil and fresh marjoram. Also good in soups and stews.
    Another to consider is Tarragon, which has a delicate anise flavor – good with lemon and chicken.
    Really, the answer is to grow ALL herbs and spices, then see which grow well in your soil and climate, and go with that. I like things that spread or re-seed – so for me, Italian parsley, Rocket, Lemon Balm, Borage, Oregano are all on my list. I like a wild garden, so I generally let things spread and go to seed where they will. That way, the insects have fun, the hummingbirds, the bees, the spiders, the lizards, the birds…

  9. Vincent Mugnier on October 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Chives chives chives ;-). In mustard sauce this is sooo good.

  10. NM Nate on October 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    I think my favorite herbs are the perennials because they are so easy to grow. Currently our all-stars are french tarragon, bronze fennel, rosemary, chives, walking onions, thyme, oregano, sage and all things in the mint family that don’t get too far out of hand (lemon balm is a good option). I’ve had good luck trimming the mint root rhizomes with a soil knife and pulling out all the extra bits that are trying to escape. If you miss one you’ll see a new plant that you can pull up. I might eventually concede that a container is the correct location for them 🤣

  11. Nancy G on October 14, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    might as well add blue ternate and pandan

  12. yoshani fernando on October 14, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Panda leaves
    Spring onion

  13. Joe Jarrell on October 14, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve watched a ton of your content!! All this time, I’ve never noticed your right arm. I wonder what happened…..

  14. Lucia Paul on October 14, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Hi I love watching your videos. Happy gardening.

  15. D J on October 14, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Ha ha “ his mummy used to cook with it “

  16. tina Nguyen on October 14, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Gingger, turmeric r very expensive in Sydney (ginger $50/kg, turmeric $54/kg) was 3 months ago.

  17. Karen Hart on October 14, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks for this video top one ☝️ 🥰Karen from Port Macquarie nsw Australia 🌊🐳🐨🦇🦘🇦🇺🧤👒😎🌞

  18. Joan Fernandes on October 14, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Loved the video, any chance you do garden tours?

  19. Berlyn Lucky on October 14, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Lovely, thank you 🙏

  20. Cleide Valencio on October 14, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Hello from Brazil
    Have you all tried bay leaves TEA ??? Read about the benefits and you will be surprised

  21. Vanessa Silva on October 14, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Mark, thanks for all your videos. You are helping me a lot with my first herb and veggie garden. Hugs from Chile!

  22. Trent Bellwood on October 14, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    I’d replace Turmeric ( barely tastes) with Savory!

  23. Justin Marks on October 14, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    I love them all, I love your garden and your videos, Cheers

  24. Somar and The Astronaut Ape on October 14, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    I felt that "garlic bread" all the way here to Brasil.

  25. felzebub on October 14, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Woah…nice garden..very inspiring!!

  26. Mineva Shepherd on October 14, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    I love all the spices you mentioned. They are wonderful I use most of them daily in my diet. I am vegan. I use most for their medicinal properties. I love your videos, thank you God bless.

  27. Jasper Dale Samaniego on October 14, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    A plant that thrives on neglect is my kind of plant! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  28. Richard Hart on October 14, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Grow parsley and sage and you’ll have thyme for no man

  29. Sheri Matukonis on October 14, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Sage… Definitely sage…

  30. gerald bock on October 14, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    You have Verbena, I’ll take Verona .. Blue.

  31. Andi Fels on October 14, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    "Parsley seems to be seasonal, not liking our hot summers."

    Me, who planted it at the start of spring, expecting it to thrive during the hotter months:

  32. Roma Hargraves on October 14, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    In Southern California here. A great place to grow most anything with year around sun. Love your show and thank you.

  33. Vera Boulter on October 14, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    I was growing mint and Rosemary in small containers in the house, but they dried out. I don’t know what went wrong 😭

  34. Mukta Saraswati on October 14, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I would replace Galangal with Aust native Bush Basil (Plectranthus graveolens). I’m also in the sub-tropics (nsw northern rivers) it grows well here but must be contained. Thank you for you’re vids, I love them.

  35. Angela Drake on October 14, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    We have lemon verbena trees here in Portugal 🇵🇹 it’s the Portuguese go to for any ailments good for stomach,asthma,blood…..we make tea with it also it’s supposed to be good for MS

  36. Angelyn Fontanoza on October 14, 2022 at 8:37 pm


  37. Dorothy Chen on October 14, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    You can also add pandan plant. Keep a few leaves in the cupboard, it keeps the coaches away.

  38. Kathy Jeffries on October 14, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Have you ever grown Holy Basil

  39. Carly Bethune on October 14, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Here in Southern California, I can grow most of the subtropical plants with much difficulty and have most of your list in my garden… but I think for all the asian food influences we have, we still have a lot of continental flavors. I have considered growing galangal and turmeric more as a lark. I have to say that marjoram (a more floral version of oregano), sage and winter savory (along with thyne) from my garden are used almost daily in our kitchen.

  40. MON on October 14, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Until the government come for your gardens …mind you, you are already growing crops

  41. Cynthia Catnott on October 14, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Lemon grass is Fever Grass in Jamaica and Orégano is French Thyme and Turmeric and Ginger are now widely used since Covid.I invite you to try pineaple Juice with them You will have a "wow"moment.

  42. hutzelweibl on October 14, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Why are you not growing Savourey? Strange enough no-one is selling Savourey in Soouth Africa, whereas in Europe(Germany for example) it is at least offered to buy in dried form, called Bean Herb.

  43. Bradley Crafter on October 14, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    this is absolutely amazing i used to have a huge garden but i had to remove it alll when i moved but im getting it all back and am trying to get a herb garen this is really motivating me into making my garden even BIGGER thank you self sufficient me!💓💓

  44. Lucia Parker on October 14, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    This is a beautiful video. I enjoy it. There are so many spices that I want you to include. One is Epasote. Acullo, or yervasanta. Chenpille and so more but it’ll be so much for one video. Great video. Very good job.

  45. Michael Wheland on October 14, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    I want you to know that you are such an icon in my friend group that when we have a good harvest and someone comes over, we literally do your accent and say "G’day, it’s Mark from self sufficient me!" you’re a gem in the growing community! Thank you for all that you do!

  46. 2ndAgbala on October 14, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    The Steve Irwin of Plants! <3

  47. Mary Rose Attard on October 14, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    My favourite herb is Marjoram.

  48. Christopher Wren on October 14, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Good video lovely

  49. redcorsair14 on October 14, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Try elephant Garlic instead of true garlic. Pretty much the same thing as garlic but its a member of the parsnip(parley?) family. Looks, tastes and grows the same as true garlic but tolerates warm weather very well.

  50. Armond Brown on October 14, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    what about jinsang

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