Herbs have been used since ages by our ancestors for many purposes and this practice is still alive today. They are very crucial as they are used as flavoring agents, insect repellents, perfumes, medicines, etc. Many herbs have quick healing properties and if you are aware of them nothing can be a better medicine. These herbs can be grown at home, especially for immediate availability while in need for medicinal use or kitchen use. Anyone who loves cooking would grow herbs in kitchen to be equipped with the secrets of delicious recipes. Usage of fresh herbs while cooking is considered good for health. It is pretty easy to create a herb garden and it requires low maintenance. It is always better to let these herbs grow in their natural native environment for best outcome.
1. Start with plant
It is better to start your herb garden from plants rather than struggling with seeds. You can get these plants from a nearby nursery or a local farmer and start directly by planting them in a pot or in ground.
2. Planting seed
When you are starting to grow a herb from seed, then you can plant it in any kind of a container or kit available in the market. The kits are kind of a mini greenhouse already provided with soil. These kits are covered with thin plastic to lock moisture inside. The kit is supposed to be kept in sunny area.
3. Indoor planting
If you do not have enough space and you want to grow those herbs inside your house which requires sunlight for about eight hours a day, then there are artificial lamps available in the market that can be used as a substitute for sunlight. However, the best place to keep your herb pot is on the windowsill.
While growing the herbs indoors, remember that you should maintain the humidity level necessary for that specific plant along with its light prerequisites.
Different herbs require different types of environment to grow healthy. Some need more sunlight compared to others and may be some are to be strictly kept out of sun, i.e., indoors. Therefore, it is preferred to plant the herbs in pots. Pots can be moved comfortably whenever required. Thyme, Sage, Rosemary, French Tarragon and Oregano need sunlight all the time, and Rocket, Sorrel, Mizuna, Mustard, Parsley and Chervil need partial sun.
When you have arrived at completion of planting the seed, do not forget to keep the soil slightly wet all the time. Regular watering is the best way to ensure the presence of moisture in the soil. You should always water them in the morning because when you water them in the evening they can die due to sudden temperature change, especially the herbs which grow in full sun.
You should be very careful while transplanting the new plants into a large container. The plants can die if they are not transplanted with care. So while planting the herb in another container be sure that the soil and environment are same as required.
It is necessary to add fertilizers because when you water the plant it drains away the nutrients from the soil. Organic manures are always a better option than the chemical fertilizers.
9. Growing herbs in ground
If you do not have enough space inside the kitchen or you do not want to invest in pots, these herbs can also be grown alongside the other plants in your vegetable garden.
10. Feeding plants
You should feed the plants weekly to ensure that it produces a lot of leaves and remain healthy and green. Plants absorb through their roots, if you feed them they grow healthy.