A kitchen herb garden is easy to grow and can provide your family with fresh herbs throughout the year. An herb garden can beautify your apartment and help you get rid of some of the waste in your kitchen. An herb garden should be easily accessible, preferably on the kitchen windowsill. This is because most herbs need eight hours of sunlight to thrive. Herbs that can be grown include rosemary, mint, thyme, cilantro, garlic, oregano, basil, fennel, parsley and sage.
Caring for a Kitchen Herb Garden
A kitchen herb garden needs sufficient sunlight and water. If the garden is indoors, the amount of water required is less, as there is less evaporation indoors. The planting medium should be good quality soil to which an organic fertilizer is added. You can plant seeds in pots or buy young plants from a nursery. Keep tall plants towards the rear of the garden. It’s also advisable to separate the perennial plants from the annual plants in order to facilitate replanting.
Always plant seeds in large pots to allow room for growth. Herbs with long roots should be planted in deep pots. The pots should have drainage holes at the bottom to drain out excess water. The plants should be watered so that they are moist but not over-watered, because this could cause root rot. When harvesting the herbs, care should be taken to ensure that less than a third of the plant is removed to promote regrowth. The plants should be weeded and leaves should be snipped as required.
Herbs require rich well-drained soil, plenty of sunlight and water, and can grow in limited space. Herbs that require different environmental conditions should ideally be planted in separate areas. Tall herbs should be placed in such a way that they don’t block sunlight from low growing herbs.