Well the answer to that statement is WHY NOT? The benefits to growing culinary herbs are endless. And the “hows” are as easy as 1-2-3. If you’ve got the time, the space and the energy to do so then YES you should. What’s more, throw in a few cooking skills and you are strategically hitting 2 birds with one stone.
If you are still uncertain, here are a few more advantages you should consider.
Fresh ingredients at your fingertips.
An enhanced landscape and view.
Gardening is good exercise everyday. You are stretching those limbs and toning up those muscles without deliberately thinking about it. Gardening gets you out in the sun, which in turn gives you your essential daily vitamin D, while giving you that healthy tanned glow.
Aside from flavoring your recipes, herbs have medicinal properties that will relieve most minor aches and pains.
You save time and money since you no longer need to run out and purchase herbs from your local grocery store.
You can actually make money, if you’ve got the business skills to go about it why not join the weekend farmers market in your town? Meet new contacts and make new friends.
The success of your new venture will give you guaranteed Green pride!
So there, if you are up to it! Here is a short checklist on how to start you out.
Take out your cookbooks and read up on which herbs you will most likely be using. Herbs have soil and temperature preferences you’ll need to consider.
Choose the right spot. Your new babies will need lots of sunlight. Put them in a spot that will give them maximum vitamin D for the day. At least four to six hours daily.
Size up your planters. They should be medium sized and spread them out a bit to allow for maximum growth. About 3-4 seedlings in one medium pot. Make sure you have holes on the bottom and that waters flows freely after you water them. Clay planters are highly recommended although recycling old tin cans will also do.
Water them sensibly. Make sure not to drown them with too much water. Check on your soil constantly. They should be moist and not packed too tight.
Keep them nourished with good fertilizers. Organic ones are best. If you drink coffee, use your used coffee grounds. Coffee is rich in antioxidants that will keep your plants’ immune system strong. If you have banana peels, chop them up and mix with your soil. Banana’s potassium rich properties will keep them healthier as well.
Check on the leaves and make sure they are pest free. Read up on the use of do it yourself organic pesticides you can whip up on your own.
Samantha Samonte is a writer for Culinary One, a blog about culinary careers, cuisines and food in all its scrumptious glory. She spends the rest of her time living life to the fullest in the company of her laptop and creative writing prowess.