There is something really satisfying about growing your own herbs. It's an inexpensive adventure, and it really pays off for your taste buds and the environment! You can grow them indoors or outdoors, and you can get creative with the containers you grow them in. Personally, I grow an herb garden in an old charcoal grill in our backyard. I've also grown herbs in mason jars. Get creative and grow some herbs!
By growing your own herbs you eliminate the need to buy pre-packaged herbs at the grocery store. You are saving all that energy for packaging and transporting those herbs to the store by growing your own in your back yard!
Some tips for your herb garden:
- Grow herbs you know you will use. Some popular ones are basil, parsley, chives, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, dill and mint! Research a little before hand though to make sure you have the right conditions for growing. (For example, Cilantro doesn't like to grow in hot weather! The soil has to be below 75 degrees for it to be happy, so maybe it's best to grow cilantro inside.)
- Make sure the spot you grow your herbs gets six hours of sunlight each day and doesn't get too hot in the afternoons.
- Water plants regularly and make sure the pots drain thoroughly after watering.
- Wait for plants to reach 6 to 8 inches in height before harvesting any leaves, and only take about a quarter of the plant or less at any one time.
So this week, #GoWilde and plant your own herb garden! It's a rewarding experience to grow your own herbs, and helps the environment by cutting back on buying pre-packaged herbs!