How would it be like to have unhindered access to herbs grown by you, to have a mini-garden that you can place on a kitchen counter or windowsill? Caring for it doesn’t require much time because the plants are small and can remain productive throughout the year.
Basil, parsley or dill are more tasty when fresh, so a garden of herbs grown on the kitchen counter can be your source for giving precious aroma to meals prepared at home.
Choosing the Pots
If you intend to attach the herb garden to the sill in the kitchen, you can mount a special metal support with rods inside it that can sustain mini-pots in which to grow herbs.
If you have a free countertop on your kitchen furniture, you can place the pots here (preferably with a nice design, adapted to the decorating style of the room). They should have a diameter of maximum 7 inches and holes for drainage.
Preparing the Pots
Sprinkle fine gravel on the bottom of the pots to stimulate drainage, then fill halfway with topsoil (especially created for flowers) as the garden soil is not nutritious enough for the herbs grown in the house. It is an excellent idea to add half handful of compost and a few drops of fertilizer for the plants to grow faster and stay in shape.
Sowing Non GMO Herb Seeds
Choose the herbs you want to always have fresh (parsley, basil, oregano and thyme are extremely popular and versatile), considering their needs and the conditions from your kitchen (some need lots of natural light, others prefer partial shade).
You may choose to plant seedlings or organic non gmo seeds. Either way, your garden will become operational quickly and you will be able to enjoy the herbs when preparing nice, fresh foods.
Maintaining the Herb Garden
Now that you have completed the steps for cultivating the herbs, wait a week or two until your plants are able to adapt to the environment. You can then freely pluck the leaves, but not remove more than 30% of them not to affect the permanent plant.
Check daily humidity of the soil, but don’t give the plants too much water to prevent root rot. Snatch the flowers, as appropriate, because your plan is to get a richer foliage!
Published: July 31, 2015