Home Grown Herbs
Herbs grown at home can spice up your cooking
When planting fragrant herbs in an indoor container garden, the indoor plants will need basically the same conditions as herbs grown outdoors. That would be sunlight and a well-drained soil mix that is not to rich. There are many herbs that can be grown indoors or out. Aromatic herbs such as mint, marjoram, lovage, rosemary and basil are great in recipes, they are also great in potpourri and moth-repelling sachets. When they are dried, many of them will retain the aroma for months.
I enjoy cooking with fresh herbs, however I don't live in a warm climate, so I have never grown my own. Until now, where I decided to create my very own, indoor
Growing Herbs Indoors
The good news is.....Everyone can grow herbs....
You don't even need a garden to grow herbs.
Herbs can be grown on the smallest of small patio or even on a windowsill. All you really need is a sunny location and a few terracotta pots..
Even the smallest corner of your porch, deck, kitchen or windowsill can bring great results,rather you are a first time gardener or have been gardening for years.
If you love to cook, freshly grown herbs can make a huge difference a your dinner table.
There are many many herbs to chose from, However, the easiest herbs to grow indoors are Mint, chives, rosemary, savory, marjoram, and oregano.
A kitchen garden can be grown indoors or out, it is created by planting different herbs in pots or containers, the benefit of this is that the containers can be moved about. Keep in mind though that not all herbs will thrive in pots or containers, some herbs do better than others. Mint is an example of a herb that is best grown in a container or it will take over the whole garden.
Even though I do have an outdoor garden. I like having a few herbs growing inside a small container right outside the kitchen door, it makes it handy when I decide at the spur of the moment to add a fresh herb when cooking.
Growing Herbs : How to Design an Herb Garden
If you do have an outdoor garden, or have the room for one, by all means get started on an herb garden. I think you will find it enjoyable as well as rewarding. If you you don't have a space for a garden , try planting a few herbs in a flower bed..You may be amazed at how much you can do with a small area. Go ahead experiment..do keep in mind however, that herb do love the sunshine. So an area with plenty of sunshine would be ideal.
An herb garden is most often a separate space in the garden, that is primarily dedicated to growing herb plants. They are a patch of plants that may be attached to but separate from the vegetable garden. Although, with that being said, you may find herbs tucked here and there in ones flower beds as well. Or a container that is devoted to growing herbs.
The herbs are usually used for flavoring food when cooking, although, they can and are used in other ways as well, some are used to discourage pest, for the pleasant scents in potpourri's, and for medicinal purposes, such as healing teas, essential oils and balms.
How To Hang And Dry Herbs
Drying Home Grown Herbs
As herbs mature they can then be dried and stored to be used when the weather changes and the plants are not producing.
Simply, tie bundles together, hang in a dry location, out of sunlight.
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More On Herbs
- Basil Fresh From The Garden
Basil leaves are good in salads and add zest to any tomato dish. It has a rich, slightly spicy flavor with mild hints of mint and cloves.
- Dill Fresh And Dried
Dill is an Herb that often is referred to as dill weed, so as not to be confused with dill seed. Dill weed is most often used when cooking fish, and Dill seed is used when canning or pickling.
- Lemon Balm Fresh From The Garden
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) Is a lemon flavored perennial from the mint family. It is a versatile herb that cooks love.
- Rosemary And Its Many Uses
Rosemary is a perennial herb. It has needle- like leaves that grow on a woody stem and branches..Rosemary has many culinary uses. The leaves are used to flavor various foods, such as stuffing's and roast meats.
- Thyme For Herbs
Thyme is available in many varieties but all need room to spread. Use the leaves and stems of the low growing ground cover, the leaves can be used either fresh or dried, in a large variety of dishes, some of these include meat stews and stuffing's.