All home chefs know the struggle of having to make a trip to the grocery store for fresh herbs to cook with. Imagine if you didn’t have to rely on store bought cilantro, basil or parsley, and could simply pick it from your home garden?
Since nothing beats the luxury of being able to cook with fresh, home grown herbs, here’s a list of 10 herbs to grow at home, in no particular order, for a culinary garden that your friends and neighbors will be envious of.
The great news about growing herbs at home is anyone can do it! Herbs need ample sunlight and neutral to alkaline soil to grow successfully. With some sunshine, well-drained soil, fertilizer and water for hydration, you’re on your way to a fresh meal complete with herbs you grew yourself.
Although herbs can survive all throughout the year, it’s best to plant them in the spring or early fall. They can be planted both indoors and outdoors, but keep in mind their environment should mimic their native Mediterranean origins. By placing herbs in containers, home chefs can grow them outdoors when the temperatures are moderate and bring them indoors during cold months.
Herbs even have uses beyond culinary delicacies. They can be used for medicinal purposes, too. For example, sage can boost memory and brain function, while basil can boost immunity. Many herbs are used at home to fight the common cold, and they’ve even been known to help us sleep better.
So what are you waiting for? Get that home culinary garden started and reap the benefits of the fragrant, healing and delectable herbs above all year ‘round.
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