Top 5 of Growing Kitchen Pot Herbs
I love cooking with herbs. They add so much flavour to recipes and are also rich in phytonutrients so good for our health. I grow a number of plants including a selection of herbs outside such as sage, rosemary, thyme, lovage, lemon balm and lavender.
If outside space is an issue or you just love having fresh herbs in your cooking then an ideal way is to grow herbs in pots on your kitchen windowsill. They are easy to care for once you know how and a delight to add to your cooking. Here’s a Top 5 on growing them.
- Good choices for kitchen herbs include basil, tarragon, mint, chives and coriander (cilantro).
- Keep your herbs on a sunny windowsill if possible. They like bright light but dislike cold draughts.
- If you want to it’s worth repotting them into a slightly larger pot with better compost – supermarkets often sell herbs in poor soil and in pots too small so usually I move mine into something of better quality (although you don’t have to).
- Don’t overwater them. Instead touch the soil – if it’s completely dry add a splash of water, no more than a couple of teaspoons.
- Remember to harvest them regularly – work from the top leaves down to encourage new growth and also to help the lower leaves receive light.
© 2014 Elizabeth Plant
Elizabeth Plant is a Health Coaching graduate of Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She’s also a massage therapist who specialises in stress management and pain reduction and uses a blend of Eastern and Western techniques including reflexology. She practices her hands-on complementary therapies in the Chichester area, West Sussex, England and her health coaching via Skype (so you can be anywhere). Her websites are at www.springtimeholistics.com and http://elizabethplant.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com