You Can Grow Your Own Herbs at Home and Save Money on Groceries

You Can Grow Your Own Herbs at Home and Save Money on Groceries ...

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It makes sense to seek out ways to save a bit of money these days. After all, inflation is spiking, and utility costs are expected to skyrocket this summer. One technique I suggest is changing your habits at home.

I suggest planting and growing your own herbs, since they are both beneficial indoors and outdoors, which means less trips to your local grocery store.

Plus, a dash of fresh basil or rosemary on pasta, poultry, roast meat, and veggies will enhance the flavor of any dish. All you need is proper equipment, planting pots, and a solid plan. Here's what you need to do. (You can also check out whether or not it's cheaper to buy individual ingredients online than in the store).

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1.Pick some pots.

A home-grown herb garden has a long shelf life. Need a little spice to spice up a pasta or chicken roast? Grab a few leaves of basil, sage, or a sprig of thyme. Place your herbs in convenient spots, such as your porch, your deck, or your kitchen counter.

The material of your container can vary. Clay, wood, resin, and metal are all options. Whats most important is that it provides adequate drainage. Any pot or planter you use must allow excess water to escape, which is why most planting container bottoms have holes in them.

Mason jars are lovely to look at, but they arent the finest herb gardens. Without adequate drainage, your herbs will eventually develop root rot.

Choose a container that fits the number of herbs you'll grow. Anything too big will eat into your roots. Your herbs will be harmed, stressed, or even killed by a cramped planter.

Parsley with a flat leaf is very easy to grow and has a lot of flavor.

2.Select your herbs.

If this is the first time you have tried growing herbs, start simple. Parsley, mint, and basil are great alternatives for pot-growing. They all tend to grow prolifically and dont mind frequent harvesting. Here are a few examples of staple herb varieties and their characteristics.

Basil is quite easy to grow and prefers sunny locations. It also thrives in well-drained soil.

Mint is excellent in its own pot and above ground, although it is more suited to intense sunlight.

Greek oregano is also a tender perennial that you'll have to bring inside during winter months.

Parsley, which has a longer lifespan, is preferred by chefs because it is less bitter. Parsley thrives in moist, well-drained soil, and can flourish in partially shaded areas.

This herb has dense scented leaves and prefers less water. Thyme needs to be exposed to full sunlight and well-drained soil.

rosemary's resinous leaves are highly aromatic. It's also recommended to keep the herb indoors for the winter months.

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3.Leave seeds behind and start with starter plants.

Use starter plants for your herbs, unless you are an experienced gardener. This will save you two to three weeks of growing time and increase your chances of a successful harvest.

Still undecided where to begin? Read on to find out the best online plants to buy and the best indoor garden for every skill level gardener.

4.Find the correct soil.

When it's time to plant, use potting soil rather than garden soil. The latter is more durable and traps (or blocks) moisture inside containers. Garden trowels are useful for digging holes, removing plants when necessary.

Don't forget to hydrate your herbs regularly.

5.Care and harvesting

herbs need constant, ongoing maintenance to thrive. That means you must water them on a regular basis. Youll need to harvest them often, too, since this prepares them for new growth. Just make sure to match any treatment of your herbs to their specific variety.

Do you want to know more about growing your own food? Check out our guide on growing your own vegetables or our tips on growing your own garden indoors.

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