02 Mar DIY Herb Garden
Using fresh herbs to flavour your food is one of many treats that nature avails to us. Having your own herb garden is a great way to do this in the comfort of your own home, as well as saving time and money from having to dash to the store every time. And it’s not as intimidating as it sounds… All that’s needed are the right pots, materials and a good plan. From the everyday cook to the serious foodie, growing flavourful herbs is something everyone can do! Follow these 3 steps to create your herb garden:
Step 1: Choose your Pots
We’re all for being eco-friendly and using resources sustainably, that is why cleverly upcycling applicable items will help to reduce the use of plastic. Taking some of the things that you’d throw away anyway and re-purposing them into imaginative recycled planters for your garden, helps the environment as well as sprucing up your home in the best way possible! Old yoghurt cups, tin cans and milk bottles are all great examples of trash that can be turned into treasure.
We recommend for your pots to be conveniently placed on your kitchen counter or windowsill. Because let’s face it, the thought of having to mission through a garden bed for a few sprigs of herbs is daunting to say the least. Make sure that the pots provide enough drainage, and that the size of the pots MATCH the size of the herb you are planting.
Step 2: Herb selection
Start off simple with parsley, mint and basil. These herbs all tend to grow prolifically and don’t mind frequent harvesting.
Step 3: Good quality soil
Use potting soil, not garden soil because potting soil is porous and allows for good drainage, whereas garden soil is dense and retains water.
Research the type of herbs you’re planting, as not all plants can withstand the cold for example. For herbs that are not perennial (plants that cannot survive for over a year), an alternative space should be found that won’t expose your herb plants to too much cold air. As the climate can vastly differ depending on where you live, do a bit of research on your local weather. Depending on where you live, there are also varying qualities of good soil, so find out what will work best for your home environment. Also, it is suggested to use seedlings for herbs as seeds will take longer to sprout.
Once all those steps have been followed, half the work has been done. Now focus needs to be placed on watering and nurturing your herbs. Ensure that they receive enough sunlight and that they are watered regularly. A little bit of tlc and nature will provide you with herbs that will liven up all the dishes in your kitchen.