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05/7 2013

How to Grow Herbs in Your Kitchen

 

Bringing new life to your kitchen can come courtesy of a room remodel and new kitchen cabinets, but growing herbs in your kitchen can also help breathe some fresh air into a home. Offering beauty with a purpose, your new plants will be a décor upgrade and bring useful herbs to your kitchen at the same time.

Basil

While basil is easy to grow outdoors, taking care of the plant inside is more of a challenge. Use a small pot or container with holes in the bottom so that the dirt is capable of draining. Basil needs to maintain a proper moisture level or the plant will die when it’s exposed to standing water. Focus on watering when the soil is dry, keeping the plant in sunlight for five to six hours and ensuring that dead leaves are taken off.

Cilantro

When growing cilantro, it’s best to start from scratch as transplanting the herb can end horribly. The soil mixture for your new plant should be a mixture of sand and gardening soil. This mix will allow the weak roots of the plant to be reached by water since it can flow through sand easier than dirt. Take the time to water your cilantro when it’s dry to the touch, in addition to making sure that the plant receives at least four to five full hours of sun.

Chives

Perfect for soups, sauces and salads, chives are a tasty choice when it comes to growing herbs in your kitchen. While the plant will need to soak up eight hours of sun throughout the day, these plants need the bare minimum of water and can soak up humidity from nearby plants. Be sure to water when the plant is bone dry and you’ll be enjoying full grown chives in a mere two weeks.

Thyme

If you’re looking for a pretty herb that is great for marinades, then there is nothing better than thyme. Requiring much less maintenance that most other herbs on this list, thyme plants require lots of sunlight and hardly any water. Feel free to leave your potted thyme plant in the sun, but do make sure that there are no pests bothering the plant during the growing process.

Oregano

Despite having pretty purple flowers, the star of the oregano plant is the delightful flavor of the herb itself. Be sure to pick off the flowers at first sight as their growth will cause the oregano to lose its flavor. Oregano requires at least 6 hours of sun a day and evenly moist soil that is split between potting mix and sand.

When it comes to growing herbs in your kitchen, it’s important to consider the placement of your pots. Having plant lights installed under your kitchen cabinets will offer the perfect spot for your herbs when there is no sunlight. By creating light, maintaining water levels and using a small amount of organic fertilizer, you’ll be able to grow herbs in your kitchen extremely easily.