Let's start off with what herbs actually are, then we can get into why everyone should be growing them! Herbs are any plant with leaves, seeds or flowers used for flavouring food, medicine, or perfume, but usually just for food in most modern-day homes. Not only do herbs provide you with some delicious foliage, but they are also incredibly easy to maintain. They're not like fruiting plants, where you have to be successful at every stage in order to reap the rewards, the rewards are right there waiting for you in the aromatic greenery of your herbs! They can even be grown inside during the winter, so you can have any fresh herb your heart desires, all year long.
They will provide beauty, fragrance, and flavour to any balcony, garden, or even a bright, sunny windowsill. As a bonus, they require very little care and maintenance once planted, besides consistent watering and harvesting. The kit we have curated for you comes with everything you need to be successful in your journey of growing, then harvesting what you have grown, and then enjoying it with your friends and family! Keep on reading to find out how to grow a lush herb garden and how to reap the maximum benefits.
Planting Your Herbs in 5 Simple Steps
Although you can leave your plants in their nursery pots, for best results they could be potted up into either a window box (which we outline how to do so below) or a 6" pot with drainage holes (such as a terracotta pot). Begin by preparing a space to work in, as things tend to get a little messy when you're working with soil. Your herbs will need ample nutrients, airflow, and moisture retention at the root level in order to support their vigorous growth, which is why we recommend a soil-based medium that is mixed with peat moss, we offer a Potting Mix that would be perfect for your plants. Regular garden soil is too heavy, reducing soil drainage and will dry out quickly. We definitely don't want that!
Step 1: Add initial layer of soil
Step 4: Water thoroughly
Step 5: Placement
In order to get the maximum enjoyment out of your herbs, it is important that they are cared for properly. Luckily, this is quite an easy feat, as they are fairly simple to care for outdoors, as well as indoors. Once they are in the proper soil, receiving the proper light, and the proper amount of water, all that's left to do is proper harvesting and pruning!
- Herbs need very bright and warm locations, meaning 6-8 hours of sun a day with temperatures ranging between 18-25 ℃
- Those grown in lots of sunlight will have the best growth and flavour, which is why lighting is so important. Herbs also release their delightful fragrances in the warmth of the sun or when you brush up against them.
- Indoor Herbs: A warm, sunny Southern window is ideal for your herbs, but avoid letting their leaves touch the glass directly as this can burn the leaves. Grow lights are also a great alternative!
- Use an organic, diluted, balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once every 3 weeks
- Avoid over-fertilizing, as this will reduce the essential oils of the plant, which, in turn, will greatly reduce their flavour and aroma
How to Use Your Herbs
Now that the majority of the work is done, it's time for the fun part: enjoying the herbs that you grew! Being able to harvest and use the produce that you cultivated is an incredibly gratifying feeling. We wanted to include some ideas at the end of this article to give you inspiration for how to incorporate your herbs into your kitchens this summer:
Have fun with your recipes!