In my opinion, fresh, garden herbs are an essential for any household. You can use them to add extra zest to your meals, flavor beverages, or scent your home. I have even used them in DIY recipes for an herbal body oil or air-freshener! This is why I suggest that anyone with a small backyard, or porch should create a DIY potted, herb garden.
Raising these plants by yourself is fairly easy and the results are very rewarding. Below I have provided my best advice for first time gardeners as well as a list of my favorite herbs to grow. Use this to get out in the sunshine and start your first DIY potted herb garden!
- Decide on the herbs you want to buy. Do you eat a lot of Mexican dishes? Buy cilantro. Do you enjoy Italian cuisine? Purchase flat-leaf parsley. Do you want a plant that gives off a great fragrance? Get lavender.
- Choose which space you want to use and determine how much sunlight that spot receives on a daily basis. Each herb has its own “sun schedule” which is usually stated on the plant’s tag or seed pouch.
- Make sure you have the right materials: you are going to need medium- sized containers with drainage holes, gardening gloves, a hand shovel, and potting soil. * all items listed are below for click- and – purchase on Amazon!*
- Set a watering schedule. Especially in the summertime, these plants need to stay hydrated in order to flourish.
Mint: the “garden weed”. Mint grows quickly so make sure you are ready to use or store it almost daily. My main uses for mint: flavored water, boiled in tea, blended in smoothies, and of course, MOJITOS.
Oregano: plenty of sun will keep this herb producing all summer long! Add a sprinkle to any salad dressing or sauce for extra taste and a delightful aroma.
Cilantro: guacamole, salsa, tacos, infused olive oils, stir fry. The list of uses is endless with this herb! Great for indoor or container gardening.
Lemon Thyme: a very fragrant herb that thrives during colder weather and will lighten up any space. It is great for seasoning chicken and seafood.
Rosemary: an evergreen, which means it will stay green year-round. You can use its sprigs to enhance poultry dishes during the holidays or accessorize a cheese board.
Basil: smells delicious and tastes even better. My pasta dishes have reached a whole new level with this as a garnish! Another plus is that it is a mosquito repellent—so if you plan to plant outdoors then basil should be your first pick.
With these tips and a little extra research, get ready to get your hands dirty and plant some herbs! It is cost-efficient, environmentally-friendly, educational, and you will be thanking yourself when you have an available supply just a reach away.
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