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No porch or kitchen that is too small to stop you from growing your own herbs. With proper care, your herbs can grow healthily and be used as medicine, adding flavors to meals as well as give off a fresh scent. Here we provide some basic guides to produce your own herb garden and save you the hassle of buying them at the store. 

 

#Step 1: Get some pots

First off, get a pot. The pot’s material can vary. There's clay, wood, resin, and metal. But the most crucial thing is that it drains well. The bottom of any pot or planter must allow excess water to drain, which is why most pots have holes in them. 

Pick a pot that fits the herbs' size. If you choose anything too big, your plants will waste energy just forming roots. Root-bound herbs result from a crowded planter, in other words, pot-bound. That'll stress them out and even kill them. So, choose the correct pot size.

Different pots for different kinds of herb plants

 

#Step 2: Choose your herbs

If you've never grown herbs before, start small. Parsley, mint, and basil grow well in pots. They all grow quickly and tolerate regular picking. Here are some examples of common herb varieties:

Choose your variety of herbs to grow

#1 Mint

Mint plants are rowdy houseplants with trailing, fragrant stalks. The leaves and sprigs can be used in tea, salads, and desserts. Eating it raw can also treat bad breath. To ensure it is growing well, maintain wet soil and place it in an area with indirect light.

Mint plants can grow indoors or in the kitchen

#2 Oregano

To grow oregano, remember to water when the soil's surface is dry, but don't allow it to dry out completely. Provide moderate to strong light to the plants. If it grows well, oregano can be added to tomato sauces, casseroles, soups, and stews. Fun fact, dried oregano leaves have a stronger flavor than fresh ones.

#3 Parsley

Parsley is an easy plant to grow too, whether it is curly or flat-leaf. A deep container with rich organic potting soil and strong light are preferred. Whenever you want to add parsley leaves into your salads, proteins, or soups, just cut the stem off from all the way down. 

#4 Rosemary

The earthy scent of crushed rosemary leaves can take you to warmer climates on a cold day. These needled leaves are great in soups, potatoes, and olive oil. Rosemary tolerates hot, bright, dry conditions in the summer. And remember to water the plant when the top of the soil is dry when touched.

 

Rosemary being crushed and added into cooking

#5 Coriander

Fresh coriander which also known as cilantro have the best flavor. Coriander grows best between 17° and 27°C. Direct seeding coriander is preferable to developing seed trays and transplanting sprouts. Coriander likes to be in the sun but prefers some shade in the heat of the day.

#6 Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant is an easy, functional succulent that makes for a great indoor companion and acts as a natural remedy too. Give your new potted friend bright, indirect light and a good watering every two weeks and it will thank you.

#7 Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a wonder plant in that it's fragrant, flavorful, and regrows itself after being cut down. It's an added plus that you can grow it right from the grocery store stalks. Yes, you can actually grow lemongrass indoors.

 

#Step 3: Use starter plants instead of seeds

Use starter plants for your herbs unless you're an experienced gardener. This will save you two to three weeks of growing time and improve your harvesting possibilities.

Starter plants or young plants are quicker and better to grow than seeds

 

#Step 4: Get good soil

When it comes the time to plant, use potting soil rather than garden soil. Potting soil is more porous and lighter and effectively drains the water, whereas the garden soil is dense and traps moisture inside the containers.

Use potting soil to grow plants at home

 

#Step 5: Care and harvesting

Herbs require consistent, routine care to flourish. That implies you must water them on a regular basis. You'll also need to harvest them frequently because trimming parts of the plants promote healthy growth. Just be sure that any therapy you give your herbs is tailored to their variety.

Care and harvesting is a must when growing herbs at home

 

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Cross Reference:
https://www.cnet.com/home/yard-and-outdoors/5-easy-steps-to-growing-fresh-herbs-at-home-while-youre-in-quarantine/ 

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