Herb gardens are a pretty accessory that can liven up your kitchen as well as your dishes. If you're planning to move, setting up an herb garden in your kitchen window could be a great activity for your new home.
These small gardens are worth having for numerous reasons. Apart from adding some zest to your food, they happen to be an eco-friendly and fresher alternative to buying jars of herbs at the grocery store. They're also a charming decoration that can lend some pleasant scents to your new kitchen. Best of all, starting an herb garden is a relatively easy task.
Plant and place
Your first step is to determine what kind of herbs you will grow and where you will grow them. You have your choice of any number of kitchen staples, including sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, marjoram and basil. You may want to consider other herbs such as borage, coriander, chamomile, dill and fennel. You can plant as many or as few as you like.
Next, you'll want to choose where to set up your herb garden. Your only major requirement is that you pick a place that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight everyday. You can grow it outside, but the kitchen window is often the most convenient location for amateur herbalists. Remember, your herb garden can serve as decoration as well as food source - you can also hang it in planters outside or plant it in interesting pots.
Growing two ways
You have a couple of options when it comes to growing your herbs. You can start them from the seed or from bedding plants. Either option is perfectly acceptable and will result in fresh herbs.
To start from seed, Better Homes & Gardens suggests filling pots, six packs or cells with a moistened seed-starting soil mix. Spread the seeds onto the soil, giving each seed its own cell. The seeds should then be covered with some of the mix and pressed down lightly. Next, you'll want to keep the soil moist by covering the top of the container with plastic wrap, removing it only after seedling begin to appear. Once it does, place the pot in a sunny area and water from the bottom by placing the containers in a couple of inches of water.
Growing by bedding plant is even easier. Simply dig planting holes in your soil, about twice the width of the root ball of the plant, according to HGTV. Then plant the herbs with enough room in between them to allow growth.
As your herbs mature, harvest a little bit at a time to keep the garden growing. Most of all, be sure to enjoy the wonderful aroma emanating from your herb garden. It certainly beats the smell of those cleaning products you used to freshen up your new home.