Creating a Home Herb Garden

2 Dec 2014
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Herbs add a little spark to our dishes. Many of us enjoy cooking them and would like to grow them ourselves. Follow our guide to growing a home herb garden; it can be quite easy and also fun.
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Have you ever wanted a home herb garden and didn’t know how to begin? Well, we at Home & Garden Caribbean are here to tell you how you can grow yourself, and we know you’ll enjoy cooking delicious dishes made with your own home-grown herbs!

  • Decide on the herbs you want to grow in your herb garden. Some of the more popular herbs that are grown in indoor herb gardens are rosemary, chives, cilantro, parsley, basil, mint, and thyme to name a few. You can consider starting with 3-5 herbs initially and then expand as you master caring for your indoor herb garden. These can be purchased as seeds or seedlings from plant nurseries.
  • You can either grow your herb garden as an extension of your outdoor garden or create an indoor herb garden.
  • If you choose to grow your herb garden as part of your current garden, you need to choose an area that will get at least 6 hours of sunlight. For an indoor garden, you will need to choose the containers that you will grow your herbs in. The containers should either be deep enough to allow rocks at the bottom of the pot or have drainage holes to allow excessive water to run off and not let the herbs sit in water.
  • Once you have chosen the location for your herb garden, you need to ensure that you add lots of compost to the soil if it is sandy or clay heavy. Still add some compost if the soil is in good condition. Do not use composted manures as they will allow the herbs to grow quickly but will reduce the flavour, which is much needed for delicious dishes. For the indoor garden, use soil that is rich in organic material. You can use a good quality potting soil that can be purchased at any of the plant stores or nurseries.
  • Plant the herbs! Herbs need sunlight so your herbs should be positioned where they can get at least 6 hours of sunlight. If your indoor herbs are not getting enough direct sunlight, be sure to supplement the sunlight with light from a fluorescent bulb placed close to the plants. Also, rotate the plants so that all of the herbs get equal exposure to sunlight.
  • Ensure your plants get adequate water and humidity but do not over water them. Enjoy your herbs and using them in your favourite recipes!

 

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