Few things enhance the flavor of a home cooked meal like fresh herbs. Herbs add lots of flavor to your recipes without the additional of unhealthy fats and there is no discounting that intense flavor that comes from the addition of herbs to your meals. Spices and herbs are notoriously high priced in the grocery stores but you can avoid the high prices and low quality of store bought herbs by creating a herb container garden. After learning a few tips and tricks you’ll be using the various flavors of fresh herbs in all of your favorite dishes.
Choosing the correct containers for your herb garden is simple. They don’t need to be large and the common plastic pots will work beautifully. You can always use small terra cotta pots or ceramic containers for a more finished look. While the kind of pot isn’t as important for most herbs, the drainage is. Make sure there are adequate drainage holes. Herbs don’t like to sit in water and that is the fastest way to damage or kill your plants. Placing coffee filters or a fine mesh material in the bottom of the container is a good way to stop any soil loss through watering.
The best types of herbs to grow are your favorite herbs of course. In other words grow what you love to eat. For the first time herb container gardening experiment there are some easy options that the experts suggest. Chives, rosemary, and oregano are good choices for a first attempt. They grow more slowly than other options and are relatively small in size. Basil, thyme, and sage fall into this category as well and may provide some good options to try.
You can purchase your herbs either in seed form or small seedlings. The choice is yours and remember to expose your new plants to the outside slowly. It’s a great idea to keep the new plants on a porch, protected from the elements for a few days before moving them to their final growing spot. Soil is important for all plants and herbs are no exception. You want to choose a light soil with the addition of vermiculite for drainage. Herbs aren’t picky, but they do appreciate the proper soil for best results when growing in a container garden.
Harvesting your fresh herbs is a simple process as well. Most people harvest by taking a few pinches at a time as needed for cooking. When your plants become larger, they will need to be clipped back at some point though. You can freeze, dry, or share your herbs with friends or family. Fresh herbs make an excellent gift for the budding chef in your life. Herb container gardening is a sure way to add some flavor to your life.