The Kitchen Herb Garden
We have talked a lot on this blog about kitchen style, stainless steel kitchen sinks, and care of your stainless sink and faucets from Anaheim’s premier kitchen sink supplier, Wholesale-Sinks. There is another element to a great kitchen that we’re addressing today; that is the kitchen herb garden.
Whether you live in an apartment or a mansion; whether you have outdoor garden space or not, you can easily grow potted herbs in your kitchen for use in cooking and other household endeavors. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction to be gained from growing your own fresh herbs; you will never cook with anything fresher or more flavorsome than herbs that go straight from the plant to your dinner plate. And the aroma given off by fresh herbs in your kitchen is second to none.
Here are some basic tips for growing your kitchen herb garden:
- Find a sunny and light spot to locate your pots or other plant growers. A windowsill or sunny and bright countertop space is perfect. Herbs grow best in a very light location; be wary of western-facing windows as afternoon sun can be very hot and may burn the leaves. East and south facing windows are best. Under a skylight will work well if a wall window is not available. Alternatively, a patio or balcony space can be a great spot for herb pots.
- Make sure the plants have plenty of air circulation and that the space is not stuffy or too warm. Rotate them frequently so that each and every plant receives light over its whole.
- Water regularly, but don’t overwater. Overwatering can lead to root rot. Choose pots with good drainage, and if you choose tin pails or mason jars for growing your herbs, put a base of rocks under the potting mix to facilitate drainage.
- Fertilize your herbs each month with a good quality plant food.
- Prune your herbs on a regular basis. Herbs require this to remain healthy and to grow bushy, and the more you prune, the more they will grow. They will also taste better! Just remember to never harvest or prune more than one third of the plant at a time.
- Choose herb varieties that have small leaves for small indoor pots. Some great options include basil, parsley, rosemary, cilantro, chives, mint, oregano, marjoram, sage, thyme and tarragon.