When I was growing up my mother would, occasionally, put oregano in chili. The only reason we had oregano was because my older sister had discovered Jeno’s pizza kits. At that time the only way one could have pizza where we lived was to buy a box kit.
There was also dried sage in the cupboard that was probably decades old and only used once a year to (slightly) flavor the Thanksgiving turkey stuffing.
That was the extant of herb use. When and how I developed my love for herbs remains a mystery. I started buying dried herbs, in bulk, shortly after I had my first apartment. I planted my first herb garden the summer I moved into a house. Last summer I added pots full of herbs to the deck around the pool. I still have my herb garden, but it’s handy having more herbs just outside the kitchen.
Whether it’s a big garden outdoors or just a pot or two in a sunny spot on your kitchen counter, having fresh herbs is a wonderful way to brighten up any dish.
As long as i’m growing stuff I want to be able to eat it.
Read on for some tips:
4 Tips to growing your own herbs
Fresh herbs can add an enriching flavor to a boring meal. But, for most people who’ve never grown their own herbs, it can be difficult to know where to start. Different varieties of herbs can be grown differently but the good thing is that most are easy to grow and are well-suited for growing in pots or small containers. Here are 4 tips to growing your own herbs.
Get the right pots/containers
A pot or small container allows you to place your herbs in the right and convenient place where your herbs will thrive. This can either be on your kitchen counter, next to your kitchen window, on your porch or on your deck. Pots and containers come in different colors and sizes from metal, clay, wood and resin all of which work perfectly. But, you need to ensure that the container provides enough drainage so that any excess water can easily escape preventing your herbs from rotting. The good thing is that most planting containers have holes drilled at the bottom.
The container size should also match the size of the herbs you’ll grow. A container that is too large will make your plants use excess energy during root. On the other hand, a very small pot/container will result in them becoming root-bound since the plant will lack enough space for proper root development. This in turn will interfere with the plant’s nutrition, stressing them or even killing them.
Choose the right herbs
If it’s your first time growing herbs, start by planting simple herbs. Herbs like mint, basil and parsley are ideal when you’re using pots. They grow well and can be harvested more than once since they easily sprout back in a few weeks.
Check on the drainage
Proper drainage is essential in growing any herb. Most herbs do well in moist, but well-drained soils with plenty of direct sunlight. For the drainage to be good, in addition to the right pot, you’ll need to get the right soil. The best is to use potting soil during planting, not garden soil. Potting soil not only has a blend of the best ingredients used to grow plants but can also hold moisture and nutrients and provide enough air for growing roots. It’s lighter and porous compared to garden soil which is dense and traps moisture inside containers.
Care and harvesting
You need to regularly care for herbs for them to flourish. Choose a location with enough sunlight, water them consistently and harvest them at the right time to allow for new growth. If you’re using fertilizer ensure that you don’t use too much fertilizer which will make your herbs produce large amounts of foliage with no flavor.
Remember that each herb has its specific requirements for sun and soil depending on the variety. If you’re new to gardening or have limited space, start with two or three herbs to begin with. Keep in mind that there are herbs that you can plant together. Do your homework and learn which herbs can be planted with each other. This will help you to learn what specific needs should be met for each plant and the right climatic conditions.
As you can see, growing your own herbs isn’t as hard as people initially think. You just need the proper materials, planting pots and plan. You can even order some of the materials you need online. The above tips will enable you to plant and grow your own herbs.