Monday, November 4, 2013

Create a windowsill herb garden

Watch enough of those cooking shows on TV and you’ll get familiar with Rosemary, Dill, Sage, and many more. If you find yourself itching to experiment with using fresh herbs in your cooking and don’t want to rely on the irregular supply at the supermarket, why not create your very own herb garden? 

Thyme is easy to grow and goes well with many dishes.

No garden? No problem. The beauty of herb gardening is that it can be yard-optional. You can have your own herb garden right on your kitchen windowsill. The most important requirement you have to meet is to find an area that gets plenty of sunshine daily. Pick the best windowsill in your kitchen and you’ve got it made. 

You only need a few things to get started on your windowsill herbs: 

  • Plant pots. Preferably those that come with drain saucers; if not, any old combination of pots and saucers will do.
     
  • Potting soil or soilless potting mix. These are available in your nearest garden supplies store. Use these instead of regular garden soil, they’re aerated, sterile, and just generally better.
     
  • If you’re new to gardening or have the opposite of a green thumb, then start small. Pick just a few herbs to plant to begin with.

    Plant seeds or actual plants for repotting. Just add sunshine and water. That’s it.

You need very few things but it doesn’t mean you should just charge ahead, willy-nilly. If you’re new to gardening or have the opposite of a green thumb, then start small. Pick just a few herbs to plant to begin with. 

Keep in mind that your herb garden is for consumption. The leaves will be used for flavoring, garnish or as a main component of a dish - such as salads - so pick varieties that you know you’ll enjoy in your food and will actually use. 

Here are five popular herbs you can pick for your windowsill garden: 

  • Basil. There are many varieties of Basil. We’re mostly familiar with the Sweet and Sweet Thai used in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
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  • Keep in mind that your herb garden is for consumption. The leaves will be used for flavoring, garnish or as a main component of a dish.

    Mint. Aromatic and with a cool aftertaste, use it for Mojitos and other beverages, and a wide variety of desserts.
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  • Thyme. Easy to grow and goes well with many dishes. Thyme has a distinctly strong aroma and flavor.
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  • Rosemary. As soon as you say “Rosemary” you almost automatically want to say “chicken”. But this herb can do wonders for many other dishes as well. 
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  • Cilantro. A.K.A. Coriander. We know this one locally as “Wansoy". It is susually hopped up with some tomatoes and onions, then paired with all sorts of fried and grilled meats. You can also make fresh salsa or use it for a Cilantro rice.

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