Fresh, homegrown herbs are fantastic! Growing your own herbs instead of buying them at your local grocer or getting some dried herbs from the supermarket is well worth it for anyone, anywhere.
It doesn’t really matter if you own a huge garden or want to start growing fresh herbs right in your studio apartment.
And if you have been feeling inspired by those gorgeous herb gardens on Pinterest lately then you will be glad to know that growing your own herb garden is not only easy but also very beneficial in many ways. Here are just a few reasons to get you started today.
No experience required
What puts most people off any form of gardening is the idea that growing any plant, flower, herb, or vegetable is very hard work, and most of the time it doesn’t even pay off. This is a big misconception as there are plants for every type of skill.
There are some plants that grow very easily and, in any condition, while some needs are extremely delicate and need an expert to look after them such as gorgeous ancient bonsai trees. Growing an herb garden is definitely on the easier side of the spectrum.
Herbs can adapt to many different types of soil, and some can even be grown without any soil at all thanks to hydroponic technology. They don’t need much fertilization and can handle a wide range of temperatures.
All you really need to get started is a pot, some potting soil, and a few seeds or transplants of your favorite herbs.
Although herbs are mostly used to add flavor to your favorite dishes, they can also help boost your immune system, detoxify, as well as deal with the common cold, indigestions, headaches, and even stress.
Medicinal herbs include lavender, peppermint, oregano, cilantro, and they can be used to make teas, salves, and essential oils.
Another way that an herb garden can lead to better health is the fact that gardening is a very therapeutic activity. You get to breathe fresh air and get a healthy dose of sunlight, while you also are able to disconnect for a little while from the world.
Buying your herbs from a grocery store can be quite expensive, especially if you decide to purchase organic herbs, which can drive the cost way up.
On the other hand, growing 100% organic herbs can be very cheap. In fact, they are some of the cheapest plants you can grow yourself. With just one packet of seeds, you can actually grow herbs indefinitely if you know what you are doing. But even if you just buy a new seed packet every month it will come out a much lower investment than buying these same herbs at the grocery store.
The other way that growing a herb garden saves you money is by helping you reduce your waste. Usually, when you buy fresh herbs at the supermarket and cook a meal with them, you end up with a lot of leftover herbs that will inevitably end up in the garbage. Growing your own herbs means that you only use what you need.
Store-bought herbs can’t compete on flavor with fresh herbs that come straight from the garden to your plate. You might have noticed that no matter how fresh the herbs at the store look, they will always have a few wilted leaves. This is not an issue with fresh, homegrown herbs because you will only cut them when you want to use them