We all know that fresh herbs taste better than dried in most instances. But buying those little packets of fresh herbs from the supermarket can get expensive, and it’s also a waste of plastic. Why not plant a kitchen herb garden? They look great, smell great, and you get to feel the satisfaction of cooking with something you grew yourself!
Find your light
Light is key when growing herbs inside. Ideally, you’ll want your herb garden to be positioned by a window that gets at least 4 hours of sunlight a day. But even if your apartment is a little lacking in the light department you can grow herbs inside with the help of a grow light. You can buy grow lights from garden centres, hardware stores and hydroponics stores.
Choose your pots
Any vessel with drainage holes can be used for planting herbs. The bigger the pot, the more room for roots to grow, and the more roots the bigger the plant. So aim for something at least 15cm in diameter with decent depth. Be sure to put a saucer under your pot so you don’t ruin your tabletop or windowsill.
Choose your herbs
This is the fun bit! Plant what you like to cook with – parsley, mint, sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram and coriander are all excellent choices. Basil can work too, but it has a tendency to get droopy if it doesn’t get enough sun or if the window it’s in gets too chilly.
Plant and enjoy!
Make sure you use a premium potting mix when you plant your herbs, and check how often each should be watered. Remember not to overwater – this kills more potted plants that under-watering. If it helps, set recurring calendar reminders or use an app like Plant Nanny to remind you when to water. When harvesting your herbs a good rule of thumb is to never take more that a third of the plant at a time.
Once your kitchen herb garden is planted and settled in it’s time to get creative in the kitchen. Scour the internet and your cookbook collection for new recipes where your homegrown herbs can really shine!