Cooking with herbs is one of many ways to improve the quality of your food, and with the popularity of cooking programmes increasing our knowledge of how to cook, those of us who enjoy cooking want better access to herbs. In this article we will look at how to create your own indoor herb garden.
I think that while dried herbs are available in plenty of variations and at a fairly reasonable cost in local supermarkets, they do not compare to the flavour of fresh herbs. In addition these herbs can often be transported hundreds and hundreds of miles from production to supermarket shelf.
You are missing out by not using fresh herbs. The taste of fresh mint in a chocolate cake is outstanding, the taste of fresh basil in a tomato sauce is gorgeous and the full flavours you get are unbeatable.
Why an indoor herb garden?
There are many reasons for this, first of all as we are coming closer and closer to a cold and long winter, it is the best way to grow herbs at this time of year.
Other benefits include;
- Being easier to maintain
- You can have fresh herbs all year round
- They will look cool as an eco friendly decoration
- Adds green and vibrant colours to your home
- Adds nice smells and an improved environment to your home
- Fresh herbs are excellent for food.
How to create your indoor herb garden
The process of creating your very own indoor herb garden isn’t that complicated. You have two options;
To buy your herbs as already successful plants and maintain them, or
To buy your herbs as seeds and nurture them until full growth.
We will take up the guide from seeds.
You will need the following;
- Herb pots (with drainage)
- Herb seeds (or plants)
- Potting soil
Choose the right herbs – Harder herbs normally do better, herbs such as basil, oregano or mint.
Choose the right location – You need as much sunlight as possible, so windowsills with prevailing sunlight are ideal.
Potting -Pot your seeds or plants with fresh potting soil. If you can, add an eco friendly fertilizer to help the herbs along.
Water – You will need to water your herbs at least once or twice a week depending on moisture. Be careful not to over water your herbs and end up drowning them. Check the moisture before watering.
Harvest – For seeds it will take a few weeks (see packet information) before they will be ready, but for plants they are ready to harvest. You need to prune back leaves to keep the herbs bushy and springy and you can use the cuttings for wonderful fresh cooking.
Image courtesy of Jacquelinetagsindoor herb garden