6 Vegetables and Herbs You Can Grow At Home This Season
by Chiara Micallef
There's nothing quite as beautiful and satisfying as seeing plants grow and thrive. What makes it even better is the fact that growing herbs and vegetables will present you with a number of benefits.
We at Yellow have created a list of vegetables and herbs which you can try your hand at. Not only will plants provide you with the benefit of eating healthier foods – they will have you spending more time outdoors and will definitely increase your self-sufficiency skills.
So whether you're gifted with a green thumb, or you're a budding or aspiring gardener, here are some great herbs and vegetables which you should grow this month.
This evergreen is ideal if you are looking to introduce some extra flavour in your kitchen. Parsley is known to be full of antioxidants and iron – making it both good for your health and a delicious addition to your dishes.
Parsley is a relatively easy to grow plant, as it just needs heaps of sunlight and generous doses of water. Sprouting is quite a laborious process for beginner gardeners, so it is best to buy a ready-sprouted plant and work your way up from there.
2. Citrus trees
Whether you have space for a fully-grown orange tree, or you would like to spruce up your balcony with a miniature lemon tree, these beauties are sure to add life to any outdoor space. Moreover, citrus trees add character thanks to their pretty foliage. Citrus trees do extremely well in Malta's climate, making them an easy choice if you do not have much time on your hands.
3. Bell peppers
A tasty addition to any salad or grilled meal, these vegetables are perfect for beginners. This is due to their love for the warm temperatures that our islands benefit from. Bell peppers thrive in warm and sunny climates – this however does not mean that you should skip watering them regularly.
Cucumbers grow well in warm and humid climates. They also need plenty of sunlight and water, however always check your soil's draining properties, as this can affect the plant's health.
This vegetable needs ample space to grow, and will not do well in small pots. When growing cucumbers make sure that you have enough space for a trellis or fence that can offer it support.
Rosemary is another low maintenance plant. All it needs to grow into your neighbourhood's most envied plant is well-drained soil and around six to eight hours of sunlight daily. Although they thrive in humid environments, they do not do well in cold climates, however, this can easily be solved by moving your plant indoors during the cold winter months.
This remarkably productive plant is a highly rewarding one to grow at home. Tomatoes do well in sunlit areas and can grow equally well when planted in pots – so if you are lacking in space, these lovely plants will make an ideal addition to your home. You can also opt for smaller varieties like cherry tomato plants.