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Herb Gardening

Erica Patterson

Posted on May 30 2017

Whether you're making homemade tinctures, salves or simply looking for some healthy cooking alternatives, fresh herbs make the world of difference.

How are you seasoning your food?

Do you use a lot of salt? Oil? How about salty pre-mixed seasonings?
Sugar and sodium intake are among the bigger nutrition obstacles for many Americans looking to transform their diet. When we cook, adding fats, salt and sugars is a bad habit that many of us don't even realize we're making. There's no denying that salt and sugar are sneaky and hiding in unexpected places.
When making swaps to fuel a more active lifestyle, using fresh herbs offers to cook helps make our meals healthier and even taste better and pack a more powerful punch to homemade homeopathic remedies.
If you're new to herb gardening, we have some tips and tricks to help you get started. Before you know it, you'll have a living spice rack and won't go back to the salty spice mixes from the grocery store. 

Indoor Herb Gardening 

If you're short on outdoor space, container gardening might be a better option and keeps herbs within arms reach. To keep your herb garden growing strong, choosing a home for your planter is important. The herbs should ideally get about 4 hours of sun each day.
To avoid over-watering and root rot, the pot you choose should be able to drain excess water.To keep the delicate roots of the plants from getting too saturated, use a saucer, liner, or drain pan under the pot to catch water and protect your table top or window sill. Keep in mind that terracotta or clay pots whisk away moisture but can dry out soil quickly.

 

These container plants usually do best in their own pots as some herbs draw more soil nutrients than others. Keep your plants well watered, but not soaking wet and allow water to drain properly with some help from drainage holes and some small rocks and pebbles at the bottom of your pot. 

Growing Herbs Outdoors

The soil you use to plant your seeds or seedlings should be nutrient rich. More nutrients can be added when you incorporate compost into a purchased organic soil. 

Herbs grown outdoors are fond of warmer soil that isn't overfed. Prepare the soil by digging a hole at least twice the width but no deeper than the peat pot your plant is currently growing in. If the weather is particularly hot or dry, keep an eye on the moisture of the soil in the garden and stay on top of your watering routine.

Most herbs are actually more aromatic or flavorful with soil that is relatively dry. To encourage branching and new growth, pinch2-3 inches off the stem tips. To help new leaves grow, pinch off any flowers that appear at the tips of leaves. Especially basil!

 

It's time to get your new garden going!

Having fresh herbs on hand is easy and growing them at home is incredibly easy and even if you don't have a green thumb, herbs are surprisingly hardy.
Keeping fresh herbs growing around the house can help purify your air with fresh oxygen and even boost your mood by seeing some happy and healthy plants around. 

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