Imagine cooking dinner at home, and popping out onto your balcony to pluck a few leaves from your little herb garden. If growing herbs is something you’ve wanted to do, but thought will be too difficult, we’re here to tell you that you’ve got it all wrong.
It’s true, some herbs can be temperamental and difficult to maintain, but here are six essential herbs that are actually very easy to grow. Get started on your home garden today!
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A staple in any Indian kitchen, a coriander plant is a great addition to your kitchen garden. From its versatility to fresh aroma, you’ll never have enough of this beautiful herb.
Prepare the soil in a pot by digging it over, and removing any weeds. Add a little manure or compost and then plant a row of whole coriander seeds about 4cm apart, just under the surface of the soil. Leave it in an area that gets enough (but not too much) sun. If it gets too much sun, it flowers prematurely, and you get seeds instead of lush leaves.
Coriander can take up to 3 weeks to germinate. Water the plant in dry periods, and don’t allow the soil to dry out. If you see flowers sprouting, remove them immediately as this will help the plant grow more leaves instead. Re-sow fresh coriander every three weeks to make sure you have a year-long supply. If you see your plant suffering, add organic feed like manure or compost to help it along.
From sprinkled in pastas and over pizzas to ground into pesto sauce, Basil is an herb that’s become a household favorite.
Plant the basil seeds just under the surface of well-turned soil, with access to enough sun. Basil requires a good deal of sunlight so leave the pot out on a balcony, window-sill or terrace.
Basil can take 2-3 weeks to germinate. Water the pot once in two days, and make sure the soil is well-drained. Placing a couple of stones or pebbles at the bottom of the pot will help in draining the water. If you see flowers sprouting, pluck them off immediately as they prevent the plant from focusing its energy into growing leaves. You can extract fresh seeds from the flowers and plant them in another pot, for year-long growth.
Make fresh mint-chutney to go with your evening snacks, with leaves plucked straight from your kitchen garden! This unique herb, used in both sweet and savory dishes, is so tasty and easy to grow.
If you’ve bought mint, after using the leaves plant the stalks in freshly turned soil. They’ll take root quick enough, and if you’re not careful, they’ll run rampant. That’s why it’s better to keep them contained by planting them in a pot. Water it regularly but avoid water-logging the plant. Using soil mixed with some sand, with some stones placed at the bottom will help in draining excess water from the soil. Place the pot in an area with enough access to sun, but not too much to dry out the leaves.
Sage is a great herb to add to European dishes like roasts or sauces. It has a strong flavor so using it in small quantities is advisable.
Sage needs lots of sunlight and grows well in well-drained or dry soil. Check that the soil is dry before giving it a good watering. A sturdy herb, Sage will grow well year-long in heat or cold, as long as it doesn’t get over-watered. So it’s advisable to keep it protected during the monsoon season.
To plant sage, buy some of the herb from your grocery store and cut a clipping about 3 inches from the tip. Plant the exposed tip in the soil and allow roots to form, usually within about six weeks. Make sure that the soil doesn’t retain moisture by mixing in some sand. Don’t add too much fertilizer as this might impact the intensity of the herb’s flavor. Since Sage grows in a round, bushy fashion, don’t grow another plant within 24”-36” from it.
Now here’s a spunky herb if there ever was one. With its sharp taste and feathery leaves, Parsley is a great garnish for salads, and is delicious when chopped fine and sprinkled in soups and sauces.
Parsley seeds should be soaked overnight for better germination. Pot them in moist, well turned, fertilized soil about 4-8 inches apart. Water the seeds during germination to make sure that they don’t get dry, and keep the pot in partial shade. The Parsley will begin sprouting in about three weeks.
Thyme is one of the most delicious and versatile herbs to cook with. The leaves can be chopped and added to salads and other dishes, while the stems can be incorporated into soups and sauces to build flavor.
Take a small portion of Thyme from a mature plant, keeping the root ball intact on separation. Replant the mother Thyme plant, and then plant the division in a separate pot. Thyme does well in soil that’s has good drainage. Incorporating sand and gravel into the soil will help in improving the drainage. If there is too much water in the soil, the plant can suffer from root rot. After 4-6 weeks you can begin using what you need for your recipes