Are you ready to add some delicious and fragrant herbs to your garden?
There is no better way to upgrade a dish than to use fresh herbs in your cooking.
The good news is that growing herbs can be a fun (EASY!) and rewarding experience; with a few tips and tricks, you can have a thriving herb garden in no time.
Whether you have a raised bed, a balcony, or just a sunny windowsill, you can grow your own herbs and enjoy their fresh flavours and aromas all year round. Here's what you need to know to get started.
The first step in growing a thriving herb garden is to choose the right plants for your space and needs.
Here are some of the easiest herbs to grow:
Basil: This sweet and fragrant herb is a staple in many kitchens and is easy to grow from seed or cuttings. Plus, it's a herb you can use in almost any dish.
Chives: Chives are low-maintenance and grow quickly, making them a great choice for beginners. They also have a mild, onion-like flavour that's perfect for salads and soups.
Cilantro: This flavourful herb is a staple in many Mexican and South Asian dishes, and is easy to grow from seed. Just be sure to plant it in well-drained soil and water it regularly.
Mint: This hardy herb is perfect for container gardens, as it can quickly take over a garden bed if not kept in check. Choose from a variety of flavours, such as peppermint, spearmint, and chocolate mint.
Parsley: This flavourful herb is a staple in many Mediterranean dishes and is easy to grow from seed. It's also a great source of vitamins and minerals, so you can enjoy it as a healthy addition to your meals.
Herbs need well-drained, nutrient-rich soil to grow and thrive. You can prepare your soil by adding compost, well-rotted manure, or other organic matter. You can also use a high-quality soil mix specifically designed for herbs. Make sure your soil pH is between 6.0 and 7.0 for optimal growth.
If you'd like a guide on how to set up your Sproutbox Garden raised bed, we have one for you right here.
Light and Watering
Most herbs prefer full sun, so be sure to place your garden in a location that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. If you live in a hot climate, it's a good idea to provide some shade during the hottest part of the day.
Herbs also need regular watering to grow and produce their flavorful leaves. Be sure to water your herbs deeply and regularly, especially during dry spells, to keep the soil evenly moist.
Harvesting and Using Your Herbs
Once your herbs are established and growing, it's time to start harvesting them! You can pick the leaves as you need them, or you can harvest a larger batch to preserve for later use. Simply cut the stems just above a leaf node and your herbs will continue to grow.
When using your fresh herbs, remember that a little goes a long way. Chop the leaves finely and sprinkle them over your dishes for a burst of flavour and aroma. You can also preserve your herbs by drying them, freezing them, or making them into pesto or herb-infused oil.
Growing a thriving herb garden is a fun and rewarding experience. With a little care and attention, you can enjoy fresh and flavorful herbs all year round. Whether you have a raised bed, a balcony, or just a sunny windowsill, there's no better time to start growing your own herbs. Happy gardening!
Take your Garden to the Next Level
Growing herbs in your garden is a fantastic way to upgrade your cooking and offer your family healthier meals. With a little knowledge and care, you can enjoy the benefits of a thriving herb garden right from your own backyard.
The beauty of herbs is that they are some of the easiest plants to grow, and with a Sproutbox Garden raised bed; it’s even easier!
Enjoy a long-lasting, fun gardening experience that delivers better quality food than store-bought and at a fraction of the cost.
So, why wait? Get your green thumb on and start growing your own herbs today! You'll be whipping up culinary masterpieces in no time, and your taste buds will thank you.