Happy home owners in the countryside are already hard at digging in the gardens, and within a few weeks they will see their first harvest. If you aren’t one of them because you live in an apartment or have a small backyard don’t despair! Here are some of the best herbs you can grow inside the house or on a patio.
The best-known and undemanding herbs – is dill. Used in cooking almost everywhere, except the desserts of course. Dill contains vitamin C, carotene, folic acid, a decent set of trace elements, it regulates the digestive tract, normalizes metabolism and lowers blood pressure. Grow it at home with ease: buy nutritious soil, put it in small pots or cups of yogurt, moisten and plant seeds. Burying especially deep is not necessary, they can be on the surface, just sprinkle them on top of dry ground. Some varieties of dill seeds need to be soaked before planting. While they are seedlings, the pot can be kept in a dark place, but as soon as the foliage appears, provide them with a lot of sunlight.
Parsley – a unique herb, it contains protein, fiber and iron, beneficial for eyesight and immunity, it even helps to lose weight. And it has a unique taste and aroma. In order to grow on the window it’s important to soak the seeds for about a day before planting them. Yes, the same is true for this herb, before sprouts become visible the pot can be left in the dark, but after parsley needs sunlight.
Over the past few years, arugula has turned into the most popular green. From the other herbs, it is distinguished by its unusual, slightly tangy taste, moreover, arugula – sets the record for the content of vitamin K (100 g of the product is the necessary daily rate). Growing this herb at home is very simple, there is no need to soak the seeds, and the first shoots appear in a few days. In contrast to dill and parsley it is comfortable and in the shade. You can harvest in three to four weeks after planting. To the salad with fresh arugula, add shrimp, avocado and cherry tomatoes – to get a surprisingly tasty outcome.
Basil – warmth and light loving plant. Strictly speaking, you can grow it in a pot all year round, but it feels best during spring and summer. Basil will grow a fairly long time from seeds, for the formation of an adult bush 8-9 months is required but you can buy it in the vegetable department of herbs in a small pot and turn it into your own basil.
Rosemary – the universal seasoning for meat, it can also be added to soups and sauces, and some delicious rosemary tea can be made! Unlike many other herbs, rosemary – is an all year-round herb, it will please you with a harvest all year round. Rosemary seeds are planted in moist soil, they germinate for about a month. It does not need an abundant watering, rosemary does not like excessive moisture, as well as strong drafts, but loves the sunlight and warmth.
Gourmets are sure: fresh oregano tastes better than dried spices that you can buy in the store. The plant is unpretentious and does not require special care, so the chance to test it is for everyone. Oregano’s roots are quite long, so you need to choose a bigger pot for planting. Sow the seeds in moist soil, pour a new layer of soil and cover with polyethylene until the first shoots show up. Do not forget to once every two or three days air and water the “greenhouse.” Adult plant needs to be watered rarely, water it as the soil dries.
Celery is the easiest and one of the best herbs to grow. Place the root in the ground and do not forget to water, it will begin to grow leaves on its own, requiring no special care, but after two or three weeks, you will already be able to use fresh herbs in your cooking experiments. Plant new roots approximately once every two or three months – that is how much each new bush will delight you with green shoots.
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