5 Easy Ways to Grow Your Favorite Herbs At Home
Updated: Oct 12, 2018
When I was younger, I wasn’t fond of the flavour herbs brought to my food. However, when I was about 15, my aunt cooked a meal for the whole family (she didn’t do this much), and little did I know that this one meal would be a turning point for me with food. I can, to this day, remember the scrumptious meal, all of us together in the dining room, digging into that roasted chicken, chatting and laughing, going in for second helpings. My aunt had stuffed it with all sorts of things; bread, tomatoes, garlic. But what really blew my mind, was the pungent, woodsy taste of rosemary; it brought the dish together wonderfully. And it forever changed my perspective on herbs.
The benefits of herbs however, reach far beyond the palate into the realms of medicine, curing colds, inducing sleep, and heck, they are even used as stimulants. So today, I will bring to you five easy ways to grow them on your own, so they may always be within your closest reach.
1. THE COFFEE MUG METHOD
This is an easy outdoor method for planting herbs, as most herbs need around 6-8 hours of sunlight.
Use enamel mugs that can withstand the elements of the outdoors.
Drill holes above the handles, to hang them.
Drill holes in the bottom for the water flow.
Plant your herbs in the cups, put pebbles at the bottom to help with water drainage and prevention of root damage.
Use twine to string up your mugs, through the drilled hole above the handle, and layer them one below the other.
Pin in a nail to the wall. You could use a metal key ring as a hanger.
Securely tie the twine around the ringer, and ta-da!
2. THE EGG TRAY METHOD
This method is used if you have seeds, and until the shoots get old enough to be repotted.
Find an area in the shade that still gets the sun.
Place egg tray and plant the seeds.
3. HANGING GARDEN
This one is great if you have one too many plastic bottles lying around that need recycling.
Cut a piece of wood, to whichever size you want your hanging garden to be.
Cut off the top section off plastic bottles, as many as you’d like.
Nail them top down, onto your piece of wood. One above the other.
Use batting to fill up the neck of the bottle, this stops the soil from falling out.
Pot your herbs!
4. TEACUP GARDEN
Now these can be placed outside on your window sill, and they are extremely cute too!
Find enamel tea cups.
Drill holes at the bottom for the water to flow.
Pot your herbs.
5. PLAIN OLD GLASS JARS
This method is the easiest indoor method.
Find the freshest herbs you can.
Discard bruised stems.
Fill up glass jars with water.
Place the herbs in glass jars and set them on window sills.