Utilizing herbs in cooking rather than loading up on salt and MSG filled seasonings can be a delicious and healthy step towards a more nutritious diet. Though you can find dried herbs in the aisles of your local grocery store, fresh herbs provide a boost in both flavor and nutritional value – plus they improve indoor air quality and smell amazing! Whether you plan on growing fresh herbs indoors or outdoors here are some tips to helping these tasty plants thrive.
- Fresh herbs need at least four hours of natural sunlight each day, so placing your plants in a south or southwest facing window provides the best option for optimal growth.
- These plants enjoy temperatures similar to what most people do – between 65 and 70 degrees F. The trick is to pay special attention to the temperature near your windows – which will be warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter than the rest of your home.
- Dry air is hard on herbs, so take care to rinse the leaves once a week – beyond regular watering – to keep them happy and healthy.
- Proper drainage is a must! Fresh herbs are easily ruined when the roots are allowed to consistently soak, causing them to rot. Ensure that your pots have drainage holes and sit atop a saucer, liner, or drain pan.
- Utilize a premium potting mix to ensure proper nutrition and optimum water retention.
Growing herbs outdoors makes for less work, but completely seasonal harvest. You will still need to keep an eye on how much water they receive, and be prepared for sparse harvests if the temperatures get too hot or too cold. Plus, you’re going to want to ensure to have a fence surrounding these plants, because humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy their flavor!
If you are growing fresh herbs for the first time, consider planting these to have a delicious assortment to accompany any meal: