Growing your own herbs can be magical. Literally. Before you get too excited, we’re talking about herbs like rosemary, basil, you know, good old-fashioned gardening stuff. Magical nevertheless, having fresh herbs at home can literally change the way you and your family eat, drink, feel and smell. You can have your own herb pots in your patio, courtyard, balcony or windowsill. All your herbs need is some soil, sunlight and watering. Follow our advice on how to grow your own herbs with these 5 simple steps and get ready to create your own special herb garden.
Some popular herbs to grow at home include:
Pick the right (herb) pot
Make sure your herbs are comfortable. The perfect pot is big enough to house your herbs’ roots. You can also gets pots with holes at the bottom that help water seep through. This will avoid roots getting damaged. Herb pots can also be great decorative items. Choose your favourite colour, size and material to create a truly unique and personal herb garden, corner or area. Some herb pots can even be placed on your balcony rail, which is great if you don’t have much space for growing your own herbs.
Let the sunshine in!
That warm, fuzzy feeling of sunshine hitting our face is exactly what your herbs want and need. It’s what they need to survive and maintain their process of photosynthesis. Herbs will even grow leaning towards the sun in order to enjoy every last second of it. So, make sure you place your herbs in a place with plenty of natural sunlight. If possible, outside. Fresh air and the sun’s energy will provide your herbs with the perfect conditions to grow.
Provide your herbs with nutrients and fertiliser
Don’t you get hungry? Herbs do too! Your herbs will need the right nutrients to grow into beautiful, wild bushes. You can find special herb fertilisers and plant food at your local garden centre. Because, the more well-nourished your herbs are, the more well-seasoned and healthy foods and drink you’ll be able to prepare. Most of all, this means stuff like fresh peppermint tea, organic oregano pizzas, rosemary oven-baked potatoes and fresh basil mozzarella salads. Delicious!
Give your herbs a drink
Oh, and herbs get thirsty too. Therefore, the secret to growing your own herbs and keeping them alive is watering them right. The water should always be room temperature. Beware, because too much water will drown your herbs’ roots. And too little water will dry them out. Either way, your herbs need balance. Just like you do. Therefore, growing your own herbs teaches you responsibility, so before you adopt a pet (or start a family), try herbs first.
Love your herbs
Most noteworthy, herbs need some TLC (tender love and care). It may sound strange, but your herbs will feel the love. In conclusion, if you cherish them, take care of them and provide for their needs, they will flourish. Quite literally! Make sure your herbs don’t get neglected. Again, this prepares you for bigger responsibilities and teaches you patience. As a result, there’s really no better way to test your mindfulness and determination than by growing your own herbs.
But don’t overdo it!
Don’t smother your herbs.
You won’t regret it
Can you smell that? That’s the scent of your future! Your herbs await.
Start planning your herb garden now. Check out these 18 Gardening Centres on the Maltese Islands and go visit them today. We also have 18 Gardeners listed on yellow.com.mt — all ready to help you create your own secret garden and herb corner.