The kitchen has become a new favourite place amid the coronavirus outbreak, with many of you putting your cooking skills to the test by creating delicious treats and meals for yourselves and your loved ones to enjoy in self-isolation.
And what better way to add some extra flavour to your dishes than by including some tasty herbs? Now’s the perfect time to start your own herb garden, whether it’s creating a big veggie patch in the backyard or adding a few potted plants to your windowsill.
Basil, mint, oregano, parsley, thyme and rosemary are all great options for a beginners herb garden. However, how well they grow depends on the environment they’re placed in, such as the climate and the amount of sunlight they receive.
Herbs generally thrive in sunlight and require at least six to eight hours of exposure each day. However, this doesn’t mean they have to be planted outdoors and will generally grow well indoors, as long as they still receive ample sunlight.
Herbs generally don’t do well in overly humid environments and prefer hot, dry climates. If you live in tropical areas such as Queensland, herbs such as basil will do best in the dry seasons. However, most herbs don’t like overly cold weather either and should be moved indoors if frost is forecast.
For those new to gardening starter plants are recommended over seeds. The grow time will be less and you’ll have access to fresh herbs quicker.
If you’re choosing to grow your herbs indoors you’ll have to ensure you have the right container to plant them in. While mason jars may be appealing to look at, they don’t provide proper drainage and your herbs could experience root rot.
Instead, clay, wood, resin and metal pot plants are recommended. Pots must have holes in the bottom to allow for drainage, with a saucer placed underneath to stop excess water from running freely.
When it’s time to plant the herbs a potting soil is recommended over a garden soil. Potting soil is light and porous, allowing for more water drainage. While garden soil is dense and traps moisture in the pot, potentially leading to root rot.
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