July 24, 2024


Cooking Is My World

Introduction to Growing Kitchen Herbs & Using Herb Garden Kits

Kitchen herbs also known as culinary herbs are herbs used for cooking. Kitchen herbs are typically grown in the kitchen where they can be easily accessed. Culinary herbs are very easy to maintain and can be started quickly by opting to use herb garden kits. Not only can kitchen herbs be used for cooking but many of them can be used for medicinal and ornamental purposes adding even more value to your life.

When growing your kitchen herbs location is very important. You always want to choose a location that can provide your herbs with good air circulation. Some very essential additional things to note in having and maintaining a thriving garden is water, soil, sunlight and pruning.

Garden plants require a minimum of 4-6 hours of full sunlight each day. The sun nourishes your plants, allows them to maintain a healthy appearance and provides them with that full strong flavor and fragrance.

Typically most herb plants require well-drained soil as this helps to prevent root rot and mold. Since plants are not the same across the board it is always advisable that you pay close attention to the care tag of your plant to ensure that you are in compliance with that particular plants water, sun and soil requirements.

Pruning your herbs is also important as you always want to remove any woody growth; when this is accomplished, you are always encouraging new growth from your garden plants.

The following is a list of common kitchen herbs that you may want to consider growing.

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Garlic
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Mint
  • Dill

When planning your kitchen garden you want to consider what you want to grow your herbs in. Of course the simple method would be to use garden kits. However you can opt to cultivating your garden in a pot/outdoor container or raised garden beds. If you a stuck on growing your herbs in the kitchen then your kitchen must be well lit providing your plants with full sun per its requirements, if not your plants will not grow the way you would like for them too.

If you are relatively new to herbs, and cooking with them, I would highly recommend you starting off slow with the use of your herbs, more like one herbat a time because of its potency. Yes, fresh herbs are quite powerful so you only need a little. Once you get a bit familiar with your herbs you can gradually add more.

Kitchen herbs are probably one of the first types of gardens that most gardeners begin growing. If you are a novice gardener I would certainly recommend starting with an garden kit as its very simple to maintain and very versatile. You can grow your kitchen herbs indoors all year around or outside during the spring and summer. Culinary kits usually come with more or less of the following flavorful herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Parsley, Dill, Garlic Chives, Sage and Cilantro.

It is an absolute joy to experience growing and caring for your very own organic herbs and the best part is you do not have to have a lot of space. Herbs can be grown in your windowsill, balcony, kitchen counter, etc; just as long as the area is well ventilated and receives the required amount of sunlight specific to your plants needs.

Happy Gardening!