So as the economy continues to weigh on us, it effects the prices of all food including, meat, baked goods, produce and even herbs. In supermarkets like ShopRite, fresh herbs range $2.50-$5.00 and adds up at the register at check-out. As the spring is now here and sun is shining, take advantage of this weather and grow your own herbs. If you live in an apartment with no backyard, don’t let it discourage you, it can still happen! All you need is natural sunlight shining into your window seal or if better a small patio or firescape. I am going to show step-by-step on what you need and how to grow your garden in your home.
Planting Tips [Step-By-Step]
- Head to your nearest HomeDepot, Lowe’s, or a local farmer’s market. Look for your Garden Center and pick out 3-6 herbs that you would like to grow. [I chose basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, oregano, & cilantro]
- Before you leave, make sure get MiracleGro Potting Soil, Herb & Vegetable Plant Food, garden gloves and two rectangular pots [depending on how many herbs you purchases, herbs needs space just about 3 in. apart]
- Once you get home, pick a perfect spot on your window seal or fire escape with the most sunlight. Layout pots and fill half full with soil. In your pot, make three separate holes in the soil to give plenty of place for the herb’s roots.
- With each herb pod, cut the side carefully without snipping any roots and place into soil holes. Place careful and be sure its well into the pot.
- Water every other day, just making sure that the soil stays moist. Use the plant food twice a week, mixing one tablespoon with a gallon of water.
- Herb plants needs at least 6 hours of sunlight.
- For herbs such as Basil, Dill, Parsley, and Cilantro, it can stored in a glass water, like you would with a bouquet of flowers.
- For herbs such as oregano, thyme, and rosemary can be stored in damp paper towel in a sandwich bag. For great flavor, don’t rinse until you’re about cook with them.
Let’s get cooking! Your herbs will taste so much better in your food and you’ll have a sense of pride that you’ve grown it yourself. Guys don’t be afraid, Green Thumbs Up!