How to Start a Gardening Herb Collection for Your Kitchen
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How to Start a Gardening Herb Collection for Your Kitchen

Read more about how to start your own herb collection in your garden or windowsill. Get started with the basic gardenings tools you need.

Cooking your own fresh herbs grown in your backyard or your own pot are more satisfying  for your culinary needs.  Whether you live in a house with a backyard or in a flat, planting your own herbs is possible.  If there is no available space but the windowsill, herbs can grow in pots instead.  This can  also beneficial to make the windows attractive and accessible to the kitchen.

GETTING STARTED

As a starter, you may choose six different herbs which you likely to use in cooking such as for pasta, dishes, and  drinks that can be mixed with herbs like mint herb.  It is also advisable to choose the herbs which are not difficult to grow, you may just add later if you want to.

COMMON HERBS  FOR YOUR KITCHEN

Garlic Chive (Perennial, Herbaceous) - Great for adding to salads and for baked potatoes.

Mint (Perennial, Herbaceous) -  Good for ice creams, chocolate mousse, mixed with juice drinks, and tea.

Thyme (Perennial, Evergreen) - This spicy herb is use for salad dressings, marinades, fish, and chicken dishes.

Basil (Annual) - This is common for pasta, bread spreads and  pizza.

 

WHAT YOU NEED

Seeds

Canvass for good garden stores for seeds with variety of types to choose from.  Check the use-by or sell-by date to make sure that the seeds are fresh.

Plug Tray

This is also called “modular tray” where there are individual cells to give enough space for each plant.  The plug tray help  the plant to grow faster with less stress when transferred to a garden or pot.

Seed Compost

Compost is an important aspect for the plants growth.  Having an incorrect compost will make the plant weak and prone to disease. 

Perlite

A white volcanic waste sold in bags for covering seeds to prevent from dying due to over-wet from water and likewise prevent the plant from drying out because of heat.

Labels

Always put labels to plug tray or pot for the name of the seed and date when you planted.

Water

After sowing the seeds, water the seeds only when required. Use water spray instead of milk spray.

BASIC GUIDE TO SOWING SEEDS

1.  Fill each plug tray hole with seed compost and shake the tray lightly to remove excess. 

2.  Press the compost with an empty plug tray, water the compost but do not overdo to avoid them being drown.

3.  Sow thinly about 5-8 seeds per cel, avoid overcrowding seeds each other.

4.  Cover the seeds with perlite to protect the seeds.  Put the tray in  a warm sunny position on a windowsill or garden.

5.  Label your tray properly.

 

GARDENING TERMS

Annual is a plant that lasts for just for one growing season

Perennial  is a plant that will grow for more than one  year

Herbaceous is a perennial that dies back in winter and reappears the following spring

Evergreen  has leaves all year round

 

Soil Association - UK

It is an organic association founded in 1946 that promotes planet-friendly food farming through education, campaigns, and community programs. 

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Comments (14)

I have started this for many times, even with my organic compost, but the city atmosphere doesn't deal with herbs, not like when I resided in Baguio way back, I can grow peppermint and spearmint for my tea, thanks Simplyoj.

Great article. Buzzed up! : )

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Now I've got gardening fever! Good article. :)

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These herbs can be easily grown at kitchen. We Asian usually prefer to use these herbs for cooking purposes and appreciate fresh availability at home.

I would like to have mint at home. xx

I'm not into gardening.But,my grandmother is so into it.

interesting article.thanks

This is such a great idea, simply :D Excellent read :D

I need to try this. Good work.

A very good article with the essentials we all need to begin with.

What a treat to have one's own herb garden. Great article. Voting it up.

Mint is also good to keep ants away from your home.

Growing is begininning and nurturing life; what a great article! Voting "up."

I love cooking with fresh herbs!

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