Nothing beats cooking with fresh herbs! The flavours they impart bring a whole new dimension to your dishes and turn boring meals into amazing ones. Growing your own herbs is a simple and inexpensive way to elevate your cooking. Forgo the last-minute dash to the supermarket for overpriced herbs, and start growing your very own herb garden.
Decide What You Want To Grow
The most popular and versatile herbs can be grown right in your garden! Start with a few that you’re familiar with and that you use regularly.
Where To Plant Your Herbs
Many herbs grow well indoors and outdoors. Don’t have a yard space for a garden? No problem, if you have windows you can plant an indoor garden. An ideal setting for an indoor herb garden is the kitchen, where it will be more accessible for cooking and watering. Don’t have a spot In your kitchen? Try your balcony or a sunny spot where they’ll get at least four hours of sun daily. To grow well indoors, herbs need as much natural light as possible.
Gather Your Materials And Start Planting!
Decide if you’ll start from seeds or seedlings. Seedlings are young plants that you can transplant into your garden. They are available from gardening stores or farmer’s markets. While seeds cost less, they are more time consuming to grow from scratch, but more fun to anticipate the growth of your seeds! Consider getting a few gardening tools which are available in any gardening store.
- Small shovel or spade
- Gardening gloves
- Pots or containers (optional)
- Good potting soil
- Plant fertilizer (Organic herb or vegetable fertilizer is recommended)
- Watering Can
Prepare your container/pot by filling it with potting soil and add fertilizer according to the directions on the packaging. Moisten the soil by mixing water in. Place the pot on a saucer if you need to protect your deck or table, and you’re ready to plant!
How To Care For Your Plants
Water your plants only when the soil begins to feel dry and do this at least once a week. Overwatering, can be just as bad for herbs as under-watering. Keep a look out for weeds and pests that appear near the plant! These are predators that steal nutrients from the soil and plant. Keep your herbs well-trimmed, so that new leaves can grow. Lastly, give your herb plants space to breathe and grow. Overcrowding your herbs may result in them dying quickly.
With the right care and attention, you’ll be able to reap the harvest of your new herb garden. Simply pick your herbs, wash them and use them in your favourite recipes!