Have you ever thought about growing your own herbs? I don’t just mean the usual candidates like rosemary and thyme – though you should definitely find a spot for them – but also more unusual plants like lovage, dill and yarrow. Herb growing, no matter how much or how little space you have, is simple, quick and very rewarding.
I think that every kitchen windowsill in the county should be crammed with overflowing pots of tasty, aromatic leaves. Many herbs are well-suited to growing indoors and will provide harvests all through the year. Some, like chives, are so prodigious that you may well find yourself under-harvesting them!
The other great thing is that most herbs are perennials, meaning that they don’t die back every year. Pot them once and then leave them be! You’ll be set for a few years at least.
The infographic below tells you everything you need to get started. It really is as simple as buying your preferred plants from the garden center (or you can grow them from seed), potting them up with some good potting mix, and then letting them get on with the job of providing you with scrumptious edible leaves! As long as you feed occasionally, they’ll be healthy and lush. Oh, and don’t forget about watering!
If you want to take a hands-off approach, there are numerous indoor herb kits that you can buy online. They provide you with everything you need. The other great thing is that you can grow all your herbs completely sustainably and without the need for any synthetic chemicals. Even if you get pests like aphids or spider mites, there are simple home remedies that you can use to get rid of them.
So, let’s have a look at some practical tips. If your kitchen window is looking a little bare, then herbs are just the remedy!
Contributed by Daniel Mowinski. Find him on the web at Urban Turnip.