Growing Kitchen Herbs

The joy of discovering a soggy packet of herbs at the back of your fridge. Most of us have probably been there! Not only do packaged herbs seem to go off and wilt very quickly, it can also be difficult to use them up when your meal plan for the week requires lots of different herbs. Growing your own herbs is surprisingly easy and is an amazing way to cut down your food waste and always have fresh herbs on hand. Summer is the perfect time to grow some herbs on your kitchen windowsill so we are going to share some easy tips to get you going!

 

Location

A bright windowsill is the perfect place to grow herbs indoors, or choose to have them out in your garden in a bright, sunny spot. There are plenty of windowsill herb planters to choose from that will add some nice décor to your kitchen.

 

Timing

Late spring or early summer are the perfect seasons to plant your herbs. If you want to sow them from seed, do so earlier in spring so that they are ready to harvest in the summer months. 

 

Seeds vs Plants

Growing things from seed is a lot trickier than buying a young plant so we recommend popping down to your local garden centre and picking up some plants. Avoid the ones in the supermarkets as they tend to be designed to only last for a week or so due to the way they are grown!

 

Which Herbs?

This really comes down to what you prefer! Think about the ones that you use in your cooking on a regular basis and opt for those. Some easy ones to look after for beginners are chives, mint, sage and rosemary.

 

Care

Herbs require watering regularly but also like well-draining soil so opt for containers with a hole at the bottom to allow excess water to escape. Water daily in the summer months.

 

Harvesting

Simply use some kitchen scissors to snip a bit off your plant while cooking and enjoy the freshness of your herbs!

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