Herbs

Tips For Growing Herbs In Your Kitchen

Here’s why you should grow herbs in your kitchen: 1. You can easily add amazing flavours to your recipes. 2. It’s cheaper than repeatedly buying bunches of herbs at the supermarket. 3. Herbs in pretty pots are so decorative and will make your kitchen look great!

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But before you go on a wild shopping spree and come back with tons of different herbs only to be disappointed that they’re all dead after a week, read through the following tips on how to take care of your kitchen herbs:

Location: Like most plants, herbs such as basil, thyme, mint, and parsley need lots of light and fresh air. The best place to put your pots would therefore be a windowsill, preferably facing south. Make sure that they don’t overheat, though. They should not be in direct sunlight for long, especially during the hot summer months.

Watering: Overwatering is probably the most common mistake when it comes to herbs. Yes, they need a lot of water, but herbs don’t tolerate soggy soil. So rather than soaking the plant twice a week, give it just a small amount of water every day and don’t get the leaves wet as this may lead to fungus.

Harvest: Don’t be overly cautious to actually use your herbs. In order to grow, the need to be pinched regularly. Instead of cutting entire bunches or stems, just take single leaves from every part of the plant to encourage regrowth.

As you can see, it’s quite easy to keep your kitchen herbs fresh and growing. There’s only one more thing to do: Enjoy them in your meals!

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February 16, 2015

4 Great Herbs for Health

Spicy Mustard Seed:

In Chinese medicine this is often used in digestion. It’s called a yang tonic, which means it stimulates and invigorates the body.Sage:

This not only adds to flavouring stuffing’s and meat dishes, sage has long been used as a digestive aid, especially with fatty meals.

Lavender:

Has soothing properties that help relax and calm. Tie dried lavender leaves into a sachet to tuck under your pillow for a refreshing night’s sleep.

Lemon Balm:

Grow this for its citrus scent and flavour. A recent study shows that it has 10 times more antioxidant activity than Vitamin C or E.

February 1, 2000