Growing herbs at home: Things you need to know

Best ways for amateurs to start a herb garden is to take baby steps! Here’s how you can do it today.

Herbs can add next level flavours to a dish. Whether it’s the strong taste of coriander paste as a condiment or simple mint, you need start small to have a herb garden at home. Depending on the region the herb is from the temperature needed, the soil, the fertilizer will vary just like all other plants, even ornamental ones. It isn’t as easy as it sounds, but it is definitely worth your time, if you like your herbs fresh. Here we have very simple baby steps to get you started!

Please skip the seeds

If this is your first time and you are no idea where to start, please don’t plant seeds, they require great responsibility. Start small with starter plants. It will be easy to maintain and won’t run you out of patience. Generally it can take 2-3 weeks for seeds to germinate and a lot of effort which will vary with each herb, so it’s better to get started with small starter plants and then move on to seeds.

Choose your herbs

Choose the herbs that you will consume in your dishes or at least add to it, otherwise you could just grow ornamental plants right? You can go for coriander, basil, mint, parsley or some other herb of your choice and get started.

Getting the right pots!

Now depending the size of space you can provide your herbs to grow you can get small or big pots. If you are growing them near a window in the kitchen, you should get small pots, they are easy to clean and move as and when needed. If you are growing them in the balcony or a garden, you can choose to get bigger pots.

To each his own soil

Yes, not all of them will grow the same in one single type of soil. The more regional variation you have in terms of the origin or herbs, it is likely the soil type will vary. Ask the nursery you are purchasing it from about the soil change, fertilizers and the kind of maintenance that is necessary for each.

How and when to harvest

Each plant will obviously have their own time for harvesting, but since you have bought starter plants it is likely you will get to harvest them within a few weeks. So, keep an eye out, have patience and get started to build your own herb garden at home!

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