Moved to a new place and you want to make it look more like home? Or you are just a herb enthusiast and you like growing your own herbs and spices? Even if you are experienced grower, here are five tips you might find handy when it comes to growing your own culinary herbs on the window.
1. Location, location, location
The most logical place to grow your very own culinary herb garden is the kitchen. That’s where all the cooking takes place and that’s where they will be needed. But plants, which all herbs are, require sunlight. It is best to place them on a window sill facing south or east, so they can get at least 6h of direct sunlight.
2. Improvise with the pots
Standard pots can be dull and boring. Why not save money and be creative about it? Virtually anything can serve the purpose of a pot, be it old can of beans, tea cans or even an old book! Just find something useless laying around and give it a new purpose. It would look more personalized and cozy.
3. Don’t forget to water them regularly
Besides enough sunlight, herbs required regular watering. It is easy to forget this task so you can always use extra help remembering. You can put specific magnets on your fridge door or since we live in the 21st century, you can download an app reminding you to water the herbs.
4. Choose the appropriate culinary herbs
Each herb goes well with specific meal. Here is a quick cheat sheet:
- If you have a taste for Italian cuisine: Basil, Oregano & Parsley.
- If you are more into French food: Tarragon, Chives, Parsley & Chervil.
- Essential culinary herbs for meat are Thyme & Rosemary.
- No soup is good enough without Parsley and Thyme.
- Parsley, Thyme & Rosemary go great for the vegetarians out there.
- Salads & Eggs mix great with Cilantro, Chives or Chervil.
- All fish and seafood in general require some Basil, Dill & Chives.
5. It is OK to ‘buff’ a herb with fertilizers, but know when is enough
Giving extra boost to your culinary herbs may be beneficial in most cases, but over-fertilizing them will most definitely kill them. Be sure to educate yourself in advance if the certain type herb you want to buff will take it and never be too generous on the nutrition formula.