No matter where you live, be it an apartment in the middle of a bustling city or on acres of rural land, growing your own herb garden is the most cost-effective way to guarantee you always have a large supply of fresh herbs. As many are aware, fresh herbs taste better as seasoning than most jarred options. Consider the following when creating your own garden.
Use Big Pots
If you want plenty of one herb, you need space for it to grow. Even though store-bought plants already come in tiny containers, invest in pots that are at least twice as big. The added space will give your plant the extra room and nutrients necessary for it to grow into something more impressive.
Mix the Soil
If you happen to also drink coffee, there’s a use for the grounds. When you go to transfer the little plant to its newer, larger abode, mix its new potting soil with coffee grounds using a ratio of nine parts soil to one part grounds. In small amounts, the coffee grounds work as a great fertilizer.
Label the Plants
Some people use little handcrafted signs while others simply write on the pots with marker. Either way, make sure you know which plant is which. In time, it will be no challenge for you to distinguish basil from cilantro, but it’s more difficult to distinguish plant types when they have just popped out of the soil.
Sunshine is every plant’s source for food. Without it, they use up all of their nutrients and die a quick death. Now that you have an herb garden ready to go, figure out the best place to put your plants. Some, like basil and rosemary, flourish in direct sunlight. Others, such as chicory, parsley and wild ginger prefer an indirect light source. Never be afraid to move the plants around. If it seems they are doing poorly in direct sunlight, or vice versa, try a shadier area to see if they grow better.
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Reader Intelligence Report; The 5 Best Pieces of Advice If You Want to Start a Small Container Garden; The Kitchn; accessed March 24, 2015