It is surprising to note that other than aromatizing your house and encouraging your gastronomy, herbs can also provide remedies and medicines to many common diseases. Their curative, purifying, and therapeutic properties have inspired many a household to grow a kitchen herb garden. The herb garden can be grown both indoor and outdoor to give a healthier source of organic herbs and also replenish living aesthetics. The outdoor option is varied and diverse, but indoors is specially recommended for the delicate ones that require special nurturing. However, if space is limited, fret not, as a windowsill facing south is quite enough to start delighting in the magic of herb gardening. So, select a few of your favorite herbs that would not only give aromatic cooking options and decorative value around, but also help you in making home remedies.
What are you going to need?
1. Assess the area available for setting up the garden.
Even if you are staying in a high rise, all you need for a hygienic and flourishing herb garden is a sunny window with south or western exposure with bright sunny light for the plants to thrive well. At least 5- 8 hrs of daylight is essential for your little green friends to grow.
The number of the herbs as also the type of herbs you want to sow depends on the size of your garden. Herbs like thyme, oregano, and dwarf basil make nice potted plants. Parsley, Cilantro, Sage, rosemary, and mint require pots of its own.
To set up the seeds, just fill each pot with regular potting soil, which is sold at greenhouses and in florist shops. You can also opt for grow bags; in this case, insert the seeds right into the soil and mix with water. However, a kitchen herb garden doesn't require fertile soil. Excessive fertile soil produces more leaves than flavor.
While choosing for plant containers or pots, heavy clay or terra cotta pots are preferred, as they are ecologically sound and allow air and water to circulate; but any pot with good drainage will do.
Herbs, being fragile and delicate, require your utmost attention. Watering is best done with a mist spray to prevent over-watering, which in turn, might cause wilting or major damages to the plant. Watering for the plant definitely must be guarded and ruled by the weather conditions.
Q: Are herbs useful?
A: Other than decorating our homes and aromatizing our gastronomy, herbs can also provide remedies and medicines to many of the most common ailments. For example, mint tea helps in coughs and cold, so does basil with honey; And not to forget fresh rosemary to season the chicken, fresh basil for homemade pesto, and parsley for a little garnish.
Q: In winter, what are the necessary precautions?
A: During the winter, when the natural sunlight is less direct, increase the length of plant light exposure. Moreover, cover the plants with clear plastic to hold back moisture. Mulching in winter for herbs growing outside the kitchen is essential to prevent wilting.
Q: How often should the herbs be pruned?
A: Prune them from time to time slightly to encourage new lateral growth, and use the trimmings in a recipe.
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