Everybody loves a delicious food, seasoned with herbs that give it taste and smell and spice it so that it will become a great dish. The right herb can turn a plain stew into a work of art and can give a steak what it needs to be delicious, so dare to use herbs and combine them in the food you cook. To make sure you will get the best results from the most flavorful herbs, grow your favorite ones in your garden or keep them in hand on your kitchen counter, as the following tips will show you how to grow your own cooking herbs.
What herbs can you grow?There are thousands of herb that are grown all around the world to add flavor to the dishes and some of them are very easy to handle in an indoor garden or a flower pot on your window sill. Basil is one of them and even if you don’t use it in every dish, you will definitely enjoy its powerful smell that will scent your kitchen. The same happens with mint, another herb that you can grow in a small pot in your kitchen, along with tarragon, rosemary, parsley, lavender, oregano, and chives. All these delicious and flavorful herbs will enhance every dish you will make and it is best that you keep them within reach and use them fresh from the pot.
Tips for growing herbs
- It is easy to plant herbs using seeds that are inexpensive and can be bought from your local seed shop. You simply have to plant the seeds in a rich and well-draining soil and avoid adding supplemental fertilizer, as the taste and scent of herbs tend to be richer when they are grown in lean conditions.
- You may be tempted to water your herbs very often, considering they will be within your reach, but over watering can seriously damage your herbs because the roots will start to rotten. Only water the herbs when the first inch of soil dries out and avoid letting them sit in trays filled with water.
- Besides soil and water, your herbs will need plenty of light. If your kitchen has many windows, the sunlight will help the herbs grow, but if the kitchen is poorly lighted, you will need a hydroponic growing system, or a Led grow light. You can opt for panels that provide a colorful spectrum of light for each stage of the growing process, or you can get a LED kitchen garden that consists of a base where you place the pots and a hood with grow lights that promote the growth of the herbs. Besides the effects it has on the herbs, this will be an interesting decorating item for your kitchen.
- Help your herbs grow evenly and straight by rotating them once a week so that the light will reach every side of the plant. A plant that will only stay in one position facing the light source will tend to grow leggy and weak, which is not something you would want.