Want to Grow Herbs at Home? Here’s How

Cilantro

Growing herbs at home is a great way to save money and have fun! Herbs are easy to grow, but they need some special care. This article will tell you what you need to know about planting, maintaining, harvest, dry, and storing your herb garden. Herbs are the perfect project for people who enjoy cooking or gardening because they can be grown in containers on a patio or balcony. You don’t even need much space; a few pots of basil should do it! If there’s enough room in the yard, try growing other popular culinary herbs like mint (for tea), thyme (for seasoning), and tarragon (for fish dishes). 

Start by Growing Cilantro 

Cilantro is a great herb to start your botanist journey because it grows and develops quickly and its leaves can be used fresh or dried. It also doesn’t need a lot of attention to grow. It is very tasty in salads, soups, meats, fish dishes, smoothies, tacos, Asian cuisine, etc. Learn how to harvest cilantro and everything about its maintenance before you start growing it. Once you have some experience growing cilantro, you can move on to other herbs. 

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

This is a herb with a strong scent and flavor. It has leaves similar to mint and is often used in Italian or Thai cuisine. You can buy different varieties that range from dark green round leaves to purple stems and purple-tinged leaves. Basil is easy to grow outdoors if you live in a warm climate; after all, it’s a tropical plant. Otherwise, grow your basil indoors in pots during the winter months (in regions where winters get cold). You can start harvesting after a month or two of growing. 

Other Herbs to Grow

Another tasty herb that grows very quickly is mint (Mentha). You can use its leaves fresh, dried, or frozen. Fresh mint leaves are perfect for tea and they make a nice garnish for fruit salads. Dried mint is excellent in soups and teas, especially during the winter months when it’s hard to find fresh plants. Other popular culinary herbs include Italian parsley, thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, and tarragon which have unique flavors and aromas that will enhance the dishes you cook at home! 

How Do I Plant My Herbs?

If you live in a warm climate where everything grows well outdoors, just scatter the seeds in your garden bed, water them well, and harvest leaves as you need them. If you live in a cold region or want to grow herbs indoors, you’ll need to start growing from seeds or buying young plants. Herbs are usually germinated in small containers with potting soil. Once they develop their roots (which doesn’t take long), transfer the plants into bigger pots filled with fresh potting mix. Keep watering them until the weather gets hot, then it will be time to plant your herb garden outdoors!

The best way to maintain an herb garden is by pruning regularly. Cutaway about one-third of the leaves on each branch, leaving only the dark green and healthy-looking leaves. This will help the plant grow faster and develop more branches with leaves. Harvesting is also essential; some herbs like tarragon, mint, thyme, sage, basil, oregano can be harvested several times during the growing season (spring to fall), while others like parsley only need one harvest. You can learn how to trim your plants or when to harvest them by reading our article about specific herbs.

How Do I Dry My Homegrown Herbs?

Drying is easy once you get the hang of it! First, you’ll want to pick off all the leaves that are healthy-looking and not too big on top of a paper towel or cloth (like an old bedsheet). When you have a good amount of leaves, tie them up in a bundle (as you would when making tea) and hang them up for about 4 weeks. They should be dry and crumbly to the touch when ready. You can also lay your leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet and place them in an oven at a very low heat (95°F) overnight or until completely dry (about 2 hours). This technique is good if you’re drying only a few leaves at a time. Once you’ve dried your herbs, crush them into smaller pieces by hand to help with storage and use!

Growing your herbs at home is not only great for your health but it can help save money too. Buying fresh herbs in the store can get expensive, especially if you’re buying them all year long. You can grow enough for free to last well into the winter at home, so pick up some seeds or plants today!

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