Really New to Gardening? Why Not Start Out Growing Kitchen Herbs Right on Your Kitchen Counter?

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Really New to Gardening? Why Not Start Out Growing Kitchen Herbs Right on Your Kitchen Counter?

If you are really a true gardening beginner, you might want to start out growing kitchen herbs right on your kitchen counter or on a window sill nearby. Kitchen herbs is merely a term we use for herbs grown in your kitchen. They can be any kind of herbs you decide to grow.

You can buy ready-to-grow kits that contain everything you need to get your garden growing. If you’re more adventurous, though, you can start with a few plants and go from there.

Sunlight is key, so find a sunny or well lit place for the herbs to grow. Or you can purchase an inexpensive “grow” light to help them out.

You will need a few pots, or one long one. Be sure they have drain holes in the bottom and a saucer to catch the extra water. Also be sure the pots are big enough for your plants to have room to grow and prosper! Don’t forget to line the bottom of the inside of the pot with small rocks to help the soil drain.

Most herbs like well-drained soil, so try using a mixture of two parts potting soil with one part sand or perlite to facilitate drainage. Also, it helps to add one teaspoon of lime per 5-inch pot.

Water the plants well when you plant them, and then allow the top of the soil to get almost dry before watering again. Most herbs don’t like for their feet to stay too wet. Add a light dose of liquid fertilizer to the water about every third or fourth time you water.

Harvest and prune the plants often. The more you use them the more they will grow. Also, keep any flowers trimmed off if you want them to keep producing leaves. If they produce more than you can use, just freeze or dry them. Even better, show them off to your friends and you’ll never have too many. No cook or tea drinker will turn down a supply of fresh, homegrown herbs!

Another great idea is to place them with bouquets or by themselves around the house to freshen the air. You can also place them in a bottle with hot oil, let them cool, cover and let sit for a few weeks to make your own essential oils. Don’t forget about homemade potpourri!

As you can see, the uses go on and on. It’s easy to become addicted – and you should never need herb garden rehab!

Erin Smart is an herb gardening enthusiast who loves to garden with her family. Together they grow all kinds of organic herbs and vegetables and share seeds with other organic gardeners all over the world. To learn more about growing kitchen herbs, check out her website at http://www.esmartyherbgarden.info.

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