A great way to use your green thumb is to grow and store herbs.
They will be much tastier than the ones you buy at the store and it’s a great hobby to enjoy.
Plus, many of them smell great too.
You can’t beat your own homegrown herbs for flavor and variety.
Growing herbs in a container works great for herbs like basil, rosemary, thyme and parsley.
Plus, it’s not hard to get started.
They can be near your kitchen, on the porch or even on the windowsill.
In some cases, if you have a wall that gets a lot of sunlight, you can grow them indoors directly on the wall.
- Sun and more sun: it takes a lot of sun to grow most herbs. This is because many of them are from Mediterranean countries that are very sunny. Place them in a spot that gets at least eight hours of sun a day. Even if they are indoors, you should place them next to the window, preferably one that you can open.
- Starting seeds: When starting seeds, you should start them indoors and wait until you have a good-sized plant before moving them outdoors. Start about two months before the last freeze and then move them outside after the last freeze. The great thing about seeds is that you can find more variety.
- Starting with plants: You can also start with plants, but you probably won’t find as many varieties as when using seeds. You can mail order or buy locally. Usually, you won’t find them until it’s okay to plant them outside. Make sure you have good drainage for each plant.
- Use potting mix: this is the best thing to use for your herb garden. It will have adequate nutrients and will work better than potting soil to help your plants be strong and healthy. You may want to read up on the specific herbs you have decided to plant to make sure you have the right nutrients for each one.
- Water – Of course, you must water your plants. A current problem with water is that most of our water is treated and has a lot of chlorine in it. This can be bad for plants if there is too much water in your area. Also, if you live in an area with hard water, you must first filter the water. However, do not use a saline water softener, as the salt will also kill things.
- Fertilize: you will need the right fertilizer for your type of herbs and your soil or potting mix. You’re in a trap, because watering is needed, but it also removes nutrients from the soil. Therefore, you will need to add fertilizer. You can use a slow-release organic fertilizer at planting time, which will work very well. Whatever you do, don’t use flower fertilizer because you want lots of leaves, that’s what you use from the weed.
Above all, experiment with different types of herbs.
You can grow lots of them and dry them, freeze them and use them in a variety of ways to make sure you have the right herbs for all your favorite recipes and for gifts throughout the year.