Your kitchen may become the perfect place for growing herbs in flowerpots. One can purchase ready seedlings at the supermarkets, garden centres, even at the florists. Just set them in an eye-catching composition on the kitchen windowsill and use them as fresh spices. Among the most recommended and popular ones, we can find:
Basil – one of the most widely used herbs with very aromatic leaves. The plant is fairly easy to grow and is suitable not only for a garden but for growing in a flat as well. Having basil in the kitchen, we will be using it as a flavouring to foods and sauces, salads, fish and meats, especially grilled ones.
Oregano – a commonly used herb with very aromatic leaves. It has refreshing and spicy flavour. Fresh or dried, it can be used as an additive to sauces, soups and meat dishes. Oregano is a must-have flavouring to a pizza and classic Italian spaghetti! Peppermint – a perennial plant with a beautiful aroma. It likes sunny places and moist, humus soil. It is commonly used as an additive to fruit salads, syrups, beverages, sauces and wine. The infusion of peppermint helps in colds, flu, and digestion. Its additional advantage is that its leaves repel aphids, ants, and even fleas.
Thyme – a perennial plant with colourful and extremely aromatic leaves. It grows best in well sunlit places and permeable soil. It tolerates being indoors exceptionally well. In the kitchen it is added to soups, sauces, marinades and stuffings. It helps in the digestion of fatty food. Fresh thyme smells beautifully and refreshes the air in our apartment.
Lovage – a quite challenging plant because it must be manured a lot (you can use either organic or mineral fertiliser). It improves digestion and cleanses the body. It is added to soups, sauces, fish, poultry, beef and cottage cheese. One must use it carefully, because it may suppress the other spices’ flavour.
Herbs aren’t very demanding in terms of growing, therefore they are good for people who do not have much experience in cultivation of plants but they want to enjoy their own crop at home. Herbs grow best at 15 to 20 ° C. They need a lot of moisture, but one must be careful not to water them too much – they shouldn’t overflow. Growing herbs at home has many advantages. Not only does it allow you to have fresh herbs at hand, but it also gives us confidence that they are grown without any artificial fertilizers or other unnecessary additives. Moreover, if we buy the flowerpots properly matched to the interior, our herbal composition will also please the eye.