Eat Healthy, Save Money and Help the Environment with an Herb Garden

13 Jun

People across the country are beginning to put more emphasis on eating sustainable, local foods. Not only is it fresher, it’s better on the environment.

One of the easiest ways to get started doing this yourself is to grow your own fresh herbs. The great thing about an herb garden is… practically everything!

You don’t have to have a green thumb

Herbs are hardy and easy to grow. You can buy small plants or start them from scratch. Elementary school children learn about plants on a small scale and so can you.

Buy a couple of different kinds of seeds and a small bag of potting soil. Save an egg carton to start your garden. Then all you need to do is make sure it gets some sunlight and water.

Indoor or outdoor, small or large

Herb gardens can range from small to quite expansive. After your plants are established in your egg carton planter, you can transplant them to pots (if your herb garden will remain inside) or move them outside if you choose.

Spend a little, save a lot

If you prefer to cook with fresh herbs, you know how pricey they can be at a grocery store. Usually for about $3, you can buy a blister pack of whole herbs and you can’t usually use all of them in one meal, so you end up throwing some away. Imagine being able to snip fresh herbs from your windowsill, planter box or garden.

Seeds aren’t that expensive. Terracotta pots for herbs can be found anywhere for a couple of dollars each. One bag of potting soil is about $5. For a couple of hours work and less than $30, you’ll have fresh herbs all year long. Most herbs can be saved by freezing them in ice cubes to use in cooking through the winter months.

Most popular herbs

What you prefer to cook determines what herbs you will want to plant. Home chefs aren’t the only ones who plant herb gardens. Herbal tea drinkers can grow fresh herbs as well. Here are some must haves for you herbal garden:

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Grass
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

For a little work and not a lot of money, you can grow your own herbs. Start small and you may find that it is a stepping stone to becoming a full-fledged home gardener.


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