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Herb garden in your home: how to grow and use fresh herbs?

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Nowadays, more and more people are becoming interested in growing herbs in their homes. A herb garden is not only a beautiful decoration for our home, but also a way to save money on buying herbs in the store and to obtain fresh and aromatic herbs without leaving home. In this article, I will discuss how to create your own herb garden at home, which plants to choose, how to care for them, and how to use them in the kitchen.

Plant selection

The first step in creating your own herb garden is to choose the plants you want to grow. To start, it is worth choosing a few easy-to-grow herbs that we often use in the kitchen, such as basil, thyme, rosemary, mint, or parsley. Later on, when we gain confidence in growing herbs, we can experiment with new species.

Container

The next step is to choose the appropriate container for growing herbs. You can choose traditional clay or ceramic pots, but wooden boxes, baskets, plastic pots, or even old shoes work just as well! It is important that the chosen container has drainage holes at the bottom to ensure proper soil drainage.

Soil

For growing herbs, it is worth using special soil for herb plants that is well-drained and contains the right amount of nutrients. It is also worth adding some gravel or sand to the soil to provide better drainage.

Planting and Care

After selecting the plants, container, and soil, it’s time to plant them. Herb plants should be planted at least 10 cm apart to provide enough space to grow. Then, they should be watered generously and placed where they will have access to the appropriate amount of sunlight.

Regular watering of herbs is important, but care should be taken not to dry out the soil, as it can lead to the plants wilting. It is also worth regularly removing dead leaves and pruning too long stems to ensure healthy growth of the plants.

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Usage in the kitchen

When our herbs reach the appropriate size, we can start using their aroma and flavor in the kitchen. Fresh herbs can be used in many dishes, both hot and cold. Below are some ideas for using herbs in the kitchen:

In salads: parsley, dill, and chives are ideal for adding to salads, especially those based on fresh vegetables.

In soups and sauces: thyme, rosemary, and sage are perfect for soups and sauces, especially those based on meat.

In fish dishes: tarragon, coriander, and dill go well with fish dishes, especially baked or grilled.

In pasta dishes: basil, oregano, and rosemary can be added to tomato sauces or pesto, which is perfect for pasta dishes.

In beverages: mint, lemon balm, and chamomile are excellent for adding to tea or for preparing refreshing summer drinks.

A herb garden in your home is not only a beautiful decoration, but also a way to obtain fresh and aromatic herbs that will enrich the flavor and aroma of our dishes. Thanks to easy-to-grow and care for plants, everyone can enjoy a home herb garden that allows for saving money and having access to fresh herbs throughout the year.

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