For someone who loves to cook at home like Kris, the thought of having a personal herb garden is an irresistible idea. This is something that can be easily done if you put much time and thought into it. Herbs like basil, dill and thyme are so handy that they can be grown even small apartments or condo units, for as long as you have a spot that receives regular sunlight. Transport your herb pots to the kitchen when you need them for cooking or decorate the pot with native ribbons or wrapper for an added touch to your dinner table or party. The herbs emit a natural scent. Who knows, they can also be a good conversation piece for you and your friends. Here are some tips for planting your own herbs at home:
1. Pick your pot and choose one that's at least eight inches in diameter. Larger pots are okay but smaller pots aren't advisable since they may not be able to hold moisture. Your pots may be made of clay or plastic, the ones often sold in home stores. Make sure they have drainage holes or your plants may be easily destroyed.
2. Next, go to a garden shop and ask for a pre-mixed soil or potting mix. Ordinary garden soil won't do. Ask the shop also about a fertilizer you can use or any other advice they can give you. It's best to hear it straight from the experts.
3. When planting, place small rocks at the bottom to absorb moisture and loosen the soil. You may also use aquarium gravel or even used wine corks.
4. Choose a spot that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, preferably in the morning.
5. Water your herbs everyday, but be careful not to "overwater." Look out for when your herbs are fully grown - they shouldn't be, if you're regularly using them fresh for your dishes. Herbs like basil and dill shouldn't be allowed to bloom. Nip or trim them always once they show signs of getting tall.
Isn't it great to have fresh herbs for your salads, pasta, stews and other dishes? You won't have to buy the pre-packed varieties in the supermarket again. Here's a listing of herbs we can suggest for your collection. They're easily available in commercial garden stores, weekend markets and other places. Basil, dill, rosemary, oregano, parsley, mint, chives, marjoram, tarragon, cilantro, lavender.