Living a more natural and holistic life has many facets, including what you eat and where you get your food. To be as holistic as possible, consider growing herbs from home. Not only can you use herbs to cook, but you can also use some of them for healing and natural medicine. You will save money and ensure you have the most organic herbs possible.
1. Have a Plan Beforehand
The first step to growing your own herbs is the prep stage. You want to take some time figuring out where you will place your garden, what you intend to grow and ways you are going to use them, and how much room you are going to need. This is when the research comes in handy. The worst thing you can do is just go buy some seeds and fertilizer, and start planting without having planned exactly what you intend to do beforehand.
2. Decide Between Seeds or Start Plants
There are two main ways to grow herbs; you can start them from seeds, or you can purchase plants that have been started for you. Naturally, if you are a beginner at growing, the plants are going to be much easier for you. This is recommended for most people who are starting their very first herb garden, as you ease into caring for herbs, without having to start them from seeds.
3. Become Familiar with Each Herb
Before you start planting your herbs, understand what each herb needs you to do as far as care and growing it healthy. Every herb will have different guidelines, such as how much water it needs, when to give it direct sunlight, and whether it needs to be in a container or in the ground.
For example: Mint grows very fast, and works best in a container with only mint in it. Mint grows well in sunlight, but it can also use a bit of shade and still grow well. With rosemary, it grows better in cool climates that have sun, and needs to be brought indoors during the winter.
4. Caring for Your Herbs
While many herbs can be grown indoors in planters, they still need to be close to a window. Some plants may need to be moved outdoors for at least a few hours, as most herbs should get 3-4 hours of direct sunlight each day. Again, this will depend on your herbs. Remember that care includes sunlight and temperature control, watering, and using the right soil.
5. Harvest When Ready
Something to keep in mind when harvesting your herbs is that the more often you do it (when they are ready), the healthier the herb plant will continue to grow. Again, look at each variety’s instructions to understand harvesting guidelines.
6. Grow Your Herbs on a Tower Garden
Tower Gardens are the easiest way to have chemical free herbs year-round without the worry of watering or weeding. I have been growing all of my herbs on a Tower Garden for 8 years and the taste, quality and abundance is incredible! I encourage all my clients to invest in Tower Gardening. It’s a great way to save money and improve the quality of the food your family is eating! All of my Tower Garden Clients receive special support and meal plans to support healthy eating!
Alisa Herriman has been researching and teaching Nutrition since 2003. Leaving her job in the health care industry to share her passion for healthy living, Alisa travels all over Canada sharing her mission and teaching communities how to prevent and fight disease with Nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.