Fresh herbs are becoming increasingly popular. People are discovering that they can add not only a great taste but also a wonderful aroma to many dishes. However, getting herbs that are always perfectly fresh may not be easy. That is why home-grown herbs are starting to dominate. Isn’t it necessary to have a classic bed? Absolutely not!
And why are herbs so popular? They don’t take up a lot of space, they can be grown at home even over the winter, and with perennial species it’s no problem to plant them in the garden or greenhouse after the winter. Green chives or parsley take winter meat stock to the next level, fresh mint for tea or home-made mojitos is also not to be missed. Mint is also almost indestructible; once you put it in a bed, it will spread everywhere and only very reluctantly make room for others.
Which herbs are good to have indoors and which outdoors?
The key is to be aware of how far we have our garden from the kitchen, what herbs we use often in the kitchen and which ones we use only occasionally. Green parsley, chives, or oregano and basil can be used to garnish almost any dish and are worth having on hand. In contrast, sage and other plants that are used more for making tea blends, for example, can be left in the garden. Lily of the valley does not thrive in domestic conditions. In general, the location of the indoor pot is also important. Almost any herb will not thrive in direct sunlight, even outside a window. In contrast, for example, sprouting watercress in a window in cotton wool or pulp will always work, and it is fun to watch all the stages of its growth live.
It’s important to know what herbs are for
Although herbs are easy to grow and their abundance tempts us to use them often, let’s not forget that they have medicinal benefits and that their consumption should not be overdone. They can be useful against common ailments:
- cough herbs (chamomile, thyme, mullein, plantain, sage),
- herbs for digestion (fennel, mint, motherwort),
- herbs for high pressure (basil, lavender),
- herbs for good sleep (lemon balm, St. John’s wort).