When it comes to cooking healthy, delicious meals from your own kitchen, herbs can make or break the food that ends up on your plate each day. Using herbs in your recipes gives flavor without the need for excessive salt, cutting down on the sodium in the dish.
To grow herbs in your home, all you need are small pots, potting soil, seeds and a sunny windowsill. You can also simplify the process by buying herbs that have already spouted. Whichever method you prefer, make sure that your pots have at least one drainage hole to ensure that the you don’t over-water your plants. Don’t have a good sunny spot to grow your plants? That doesn’t need to be a problem. The National Gardening Association reported that you can use full spectrum fluorescent or halide lights as a substitute.
Ready to start your own mini-herb garden? Consider these five options that are easy to grow right from the comfort of your own home:
Thyme is a diverse herb that can be used for meat, egg dishes, soup and more. Gardening Know How recommended repotting the plant every season or two, depending on the size of your container. If the roots begin to grow out of the bottom of the pot, it’s time to transfer the plant.
If you have a sweet tooth, consider growing mint. This herb can add a twist to your favorite smoothie or other sweet beverage and pairs well with watermelon in salads. It’s also very easy to grow indoors, so it’s a good choice for the novice gardener.
Parsley is another diverse herb that can be used in a a variety of ways, from marinating steaks to creating your own salad dressing. It needs a lot of sunlight, so make sure that you choose the location of your pot accordingly or supplement natural sunlight with an artificial light.
Basil is a perfect addition to your favorite Italian dishes. There are a number of varieties, but if you plan to grow the basil indoors, a strain with smaller leaves will take up less space. Make sure that the water can properly drain out of the pot, as the herb doesn’t do well when over-watered.
Add some extra flavor to your tacos and burritos with a dash of cilantro. This herb is easy to grow and can simply be chopped and thrown on top of your favorite Mexican dishes. However, HGTV warned that cilantro is short-lived, so you may need to replace your plant several weeks down the road.
If you’re new to gardening, consider starting with just two or three plants until you get the hang of things. And once you’ve got your herbs going, don’t forget a critical step: watering. Make sure the pot is entirely dry before you water the plant again. If you need to, set a reminder on your BABY-G BA110GA-1A digital watch so you don’t forget. Happy gardening!
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