It’s no wonder herb gardens are called “kitchen” gardens. They can be grown indoors or in the kitchen. Also, gardeners and cooks naturally want the best plants for their culinary experiences. Thankfully, you don’t have to have a large space indoors in order to grow a healthy herb garden that adds flavour to your meals. Even a tiny space can be utilized well if you know what to grow and how to grow them. So, here we will talk about the 5 most easy-to-grow kitchen garden herbs. But before that, let’s see what planting caution you need to observe.
Planting of herbs—
It is easy to plant herbs at home. Start by filling your containers full of soil. Pots, cups, or plastic containers all serve the purpose well. To allow drainage, make sure you choose containers with holes at the bottom. A good mix of potting soil and coarse sand is a good choice for all kinds of herbs. To help the seeds grow, you can soak them in water for at least two hours before planting. Next, place the seeds in the soil three times as deep as the size of the seed. The container should be placed in a sunny window to allow for maximum sunlight—water when the soil is dry. With experience, you’ll know when it is time to water your herbs.
Now, let’s talk about the top five herbs for your Kitchen-garden. One can grow these herbs in containers or small gardens, indoors as well as outdoors.
A chive is another great herb. One can harvest it as often as you need throughout its entire growing season. You can either plant it from seeds or buy clumps from other gardeners. Chives don’t mind being in the garden, as long as it doesn’t get too hot.
To add mild onion flavours to any dish, you can use chives. You can use it in stir-fried dishes, with cream cheese, on top of soups, with butter and baked potatoes. The beauty of chives is that you can also eat their flowers. Pick and crush some to add texture to a creamy potato soup, or sprinkle on a salad.
Thyme is a favourite across the globe and makes a wonderful ground cover. It’s semi-evergreen in most gardening zones. This herb is great for hiding in a cottage garden, or to use as mulch around larger plants. It can be planted in the fall or early spring.
Thyme is a wonderful herb with a delicious flavour and fine-cut leaves. Stems can be cut as necessary. Thyme is very flexible in the kitchen. Lemon thyme is a great addition to fish and other meats due to its citrusy flavour. You can use regular thyme in a variety of ways, including in jelly, tea, and meatloaf. It can also be used in vegetable dishes such as stuffed vegetables or salads.
There is perhaps someone who is not aware of the medicinal properties of basil. There are many varieties of basils, including large, dark-coloured, and small, fine-cut green leaves. These make great additions to not just your dishes but also your landscape. You won’t have to pinch the flowers off. However, pinching them off can make the flavour of the leaves stronger. And basil flowers are extremely pretty. So, you can very well let them grow.
Basil is a wonderful herb to use, especially when it’s fresh from the garden. Pesto is a popular basil recipe. It is a staple in nearly every Italian dish.
Mint is a delicious, easy-to-grow herb that can be included easily in your herb garden. It can be grown in semi-shade and is easy to propagate. Grow it in containers if you want it to remain in one area.
You might love to add mint to desserts and liqueurs, homemade teas, and jelly. One can also add a few sprigs to water jar to give it a naturally refreshing flavour. You can also prepare delicious “chutneys” with mint.
Sage is another wonderful herb that should be in every kitchen garden. Since it is drought-tolerant, you can grow in both raised beds and containers. Also, it is a perennial and can survive in the garden for several years. It is available in a variety of colours and textures, which makes it a great addition to any garden.
Sage has a rich, earthy flavour, especially when it’s fresh from the garden. This is a great ingredient for homemade stuffing, chicken dishes, or vinegar infusions. You can risk killing the plant if you take more than one-fourth of the leaves at once. So, only harvest a few branches at a time. Let the rest grow.
So, these are the top five must-grow herbs in your kitchen garden that are extremely easy to grow and take care of. Whether you are growing them indoors or outdoors, in pots or the ground, herbs add beauty to your garden. They are also an absolute kitchen essential as they add flavour and colour to your favourite dishes.