KEEPING A KITCHEN HERB GARDEN
Cooking with herbs is one of the easiest ways to spice up any meal. Pasta, casseroles, meats, veggies and even some sauces taste so much more divine and delicious when you sprinkle some saucy herbs over the top. If you are tired of wasting your money on herbs from the supermarket or buying them in a can to store in your cupboard, why not look into keeping your very own kitchen herb garden? It is an easy and affordable way to have freshly grown herbs at your fingertips.
Keeping herbs in your kitchen will not only spice up your meals but they can also add a pleasant smell to your living space. Furthermore, you will love the responsibility of watching your little herbs grow into beautiful plants right before your eyes. You can save a small fortune at the grocery store, vamp up your cooking and add some beautiful greenery to your kitchen area. All of this is much easier than investing in rental properties.
Herbs can be planted in small pots that can easily sit on any window sill in your kitchen. As long as there is sunlight access, your little herbs will be happy. What this means is that even if you don't have a backyard or live in a stuffy fifteenth floor apartment, you can still grow your own herbs. Having your herbs in your kitchen window sill also means easy access when you are cooking. Simply reach over, grab a few pieces of parsley and viola!
How to Grow a Kitchen Herb Garden
Herbs need two main things - access to sunlight and water. Most herbs need at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. They love the morning sun and will do best if you place them on a windowsill or outdoors. You can use pots to keep your herbs; however, be careful with some of the herbs, such as mint, that need a lot of room for their roots to grow. You may choose to stick to one type of herb per pot. That way each herb can have the freedom to grow as wild as it wants and you will be able to know what herb is in what plant. If you are unfamiliar with herbs, use labels on each pot to know what you are growing.
The other thing herbs need is water. Herbs need to be kept moist which means frequent watering. Consult a gardening expert when looking for soil for your herbs. It is a good idea to pay a little more for decent slow release fertilizers which can help with the maturing of your herbs.
If you are new to the world of herb gardens or gardening in general, don't be afraid to ask for advice from your local garden shop. There are literally hundreds of different herbs to choose from. Some of the good choices for beginner kitchen herb enthusiasts are chives, parsley and thyme. These herbs are quite low and easy to grow. Keeping a kitchen herb garden does not come naturally to everyone so ask the experts to know what pitfalls to avoid and how to get the best start on your own kitchen herb oasis.
If you are tired of lackluster food, are looking for an inexpensive way to bring your cooking up a notch or don't want to spend any more money on fresh or store bought herbs, then take the initiative to grow your own. You will love the challenge of watching your herbs grow and will enjoy the rich flavors that your herbs can bring to your meals. Share your joy of cooking by keeping a kitchen herb garden, regardless of where you call home.