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Top 5 Tips to Growing Kitchen Pot Herbs

Do you like using herbs in your cooking? If not then maybe it is time to add them in.

I love cooking with herbs. They add so much flavour to recipes and are also rich in phytonutrients so good for our health. Whilst dried herbs have a lot of merits it can also be nice to use fresh herbs.

I like to grow a number of plants including a selection of herbs such as sage, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, parsley, thyme, lovage, lemon balm and lavender.

If outside space is an issue or you just love having fresh herbs in your cooking then an ideal way is to grow herbs in pots on your kitchen windowsill. They are easy to care for once you know how and a delight to add to your cooking.

Here’s a Top 5 on growing them:

1. Good choices for kitchen herbs include basil, tarragon, mint, chives and coriander (cilantro).

2. Keep your herbs on a sunny windowsill if possible. They like bright light but dislike cold draughts.

3. If you want to it is worth repotting them into a slightly larger pot with better compost – supermarkets often sell herbs in poor soil and in pots too small so usually I move mine into something of better quality (although you don’t have to).

4. Don’t overwater them. Instead touch the soil – if it’s completely dry add a splash of water, no more than a couple of teaspoons.

5. Remember to harvest them regularly – work from the top leaves down to encourage new growth and also to help the lower leaves receive light.

© 2014 Elizabeth Plant

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