All of us have, at some point in time ,wondered how fantastic it would be if we could just grow our herbs at home. Just reach into the neatly arranged rows of plants on the window sill, cut the leaves off and use the fresh leaves in your cooking.It would be amazing to see your work be rewarded with a delicious meal. But how many of us has the patience to actually look it up?
Herbs are one of the easiest plants you can grow at home. Easy to maintain and handy when you need to add a little extra flavor to your dish. In a time where finding fresh herbs in shops is becoming more and more difficult, why not try growing them yourself..it saves time and money and its always nice to know that you grew then with your own hands.
Things you needed to grow herbs at home
Planting herbs requires very little effort in terms of expenditure ,you can use whichever container you want. Small pots, old plastic water bottles and/or juice boxes or any other material can be used.Make sure that it can hold the soil and water and that it has enough drainage holes for the excess water. You also require a plate or tray in which you can collect the excess water from the pot/bottle/container.Many herbs require loamy soil (soil that isn’t too loose or too tightly packed) to grow.
Ensure that you keep the containers in an area that receives a lot of sunlight.
For the soil itself, you can use regular garden soil mixed with your homemade compost.Use vegetable peels or eggshells and thus grow the herbs to put organic waste to good use.
As a general rule you will need to partially fill the container with the soil mixed with the compost. Add some water to make it moist without making it excessively wet. Although, there can be differences in the soil and type of fertilizer on the basis of the herb itself.
A few herbs you can try growing at home
Spearmint, also known as pudina is often used in Indian cuisine and herbal remedies. It can add a cool freshness to your lemon water and flavor you green chutney.
With the proper care pudina can be grown at home quite easily .
2) CILANTRO/DHANIA/MALLI leaves
Cilantro and coriander have often been confused with each other by many. While it refers to the same plant, the key difference is that the herb or the leafy part of the plant is termed as cilantro whereas the seeds are referred to as coriander. While the seeds are often crushed to use as a spice, the leaves are used in various curries and chats across India.
Coriander can very easily be grown in a pot or container that has drainage holes. You will require adequate sunlight to help it grow
You can learn how to do it over here.
Parsley, like cilantro, is used in a variety of cuisines and is a good source of vitamin K and Vitamin C .
Growing parsley at home is very an excellent choice as it is goes very well with a variety of cuisines.
THINGS TO TAKE CARE OF WHILE PLANTING HERBS
A plant cannot grow until optimum conditions are present .You need to make sure that the containers are placed in a well-lit area and are provided with the right amount of humidity. The kitchen is useful in providing humidity.The steam and vapors from cooking makes it a good place to put your herbs.
Each herb is different and will need different quantities of water to grow .make sure that you do not overdo it with the water.As is for every plant, make sure that the soil has a good circulation of air.
Have fun growing your own herbs at home.