Herb Garden – Plant Your Own

My herb garden is one of my favorites in the kitchen. I started it recently, and I like it. If you do not have one, don’t worry because I will help you plant your herbs and care for them as well. I’m sure you will love fresh herbs at your fingertips just as I do. Read more below.

 

Getting started

 

You will require a bright area like a room with skylights, sunroom, or a large sunny window. Pick an area that has temperatures ranging from 55 to 75 degrees with good airflow. The region near the window might too icy for some herbs during the winter season.

 

Choosing soil and containers

 

You may use any container or pot that is not less than 6 inches to grow herbs, provided that it has drainage holes. Select the largest pot possible to offer extra room for growing roots. Find the best combination that consists of lightweight constituents like vermiculite and perlite to assist in airing and loosening of the ultimate mix.

 

Growing ideas

 

The type and size of the container, plant and season of the year will determine the water needs. Plants grow less vigorously in winter when the levels of light are lower and hence need less water. Let the soil dry somewhat for many herbs; keep it somehow moist for mint, basil, parsley, and hives. You can tell if the plant requires water by sticking your finger into the soil. A dry feeling soil means it is time to water the plant. Provide plants with liquid fertilizer after four weeks, or you can use organic fertilizer granules.

 

Maintain your garden by checking for short-lived plants and replace them yearly. Harvest and use the herbs.

 

13 cooking herbs for planting indoors

 

  1. Ocimum basilicum (Basil)

Ocimum basilicum (Basil)

You may grow this as a short-lived perennial. Consider Genovese for an excellent flavor and aroma. For exceptional and spicy flavor, consider Siam Queen.

  1. Bay

Laurus nobilis, bay, grows slowly in the beginning but produces a small tree or bush that may be trained merely into proper shapes. Buy a young plant that is one two foot plant.

  1. Chervil

Anthriscus cerefolium (chervil) is also called French parsley. This is an annual herb. Harvesting is simple; snip the external stems and leaves and cut off one inch or two above the soil.

  1. Chives

Allium schoenoprasum, chives, is a grass-like perennial plant that has a delicate onion taste. Garlic chives have a slight garlic flavor. When harvesting, cut tiny leaves down to the soil level.

  1. Cilantro

Coriandrum sativum it is also called Chinese parsley, and it is a brief annual plant that has a unique sage-like flavor. It is good if it starts from the seed. It grows faster and doesn’t regrow after harvest, but you can grow them in different pots and at various stages.

  1. Dill

Anethum graveolens is an aromatic annual herb that is grown indoors for its leaves. Plant in several pots at various stages as this will allows continuous supply.

  1. Marjoram

Marjoram

Origanum spp is a Mediterranean native of the Oregon family. Its taste is more delicate and uniquely sweeter. It is usually grown in containers indoors.

  1. Mints

Mentha spp, spearmint and peppermint are great options for growing in containers. English mint is a good variety of spearmint. Provide mint with its specified pot because it can quickly overtake other herbs.

  1. Oregon

It provides an authentic Oregon taste. It grows up to 12 inches in containers. Kaliteri, a tasty and spicy Greek strain and is not too bitter.

  1. Parsley

Both curly-leaf and Italian parsley do better when grown indoors. This biennial herb’s Italian variety is usually spiced for its robust taste. When you are harvesting it, cut the outside leaves as it will encourage new growth from the middle.

  1. Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis

This is a perennial herb that comes in upright and trailing forms. Blue Boy is more compact as compared to regular rosemary. A small upright variety like Salem offers the best taste. Never let the soil dry out even if this herb enjoys dry environments.

  1. Sage

Consider 12 inches tall dwarf sage provides a similar taste as the garden sage but develops only ten inches high.

  1. Thyme

French and lemon theme are great cooking varieties. Change it up with creeping Oregon thyme with its excellent taste

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Spring Cleaning

I know many people will not do the spring cleaning but I will. I’m planning to do it next week, so I can keep my house as clean as possible. If you are interested in giving your kitchen a spring cleaning, continue reading this post because I will share my best tips. Some places like the kitchen will require a deep cleaning. The list is long, but you can divide into it subsections that you can do on certain days. The tricky part is getting started.

Regardless of your cleaning method, follow these easy rules to keep yourself on track and reduce the cleaning time.

  • Begin your cleaning from the top downwards. It helps to avoid dust failing in the places you have cleaned.
  • Start with the dirtiest area
  • Work in a systematic style
  • Set a timer and devote some cleaning time. Do your cleaning quickly and avoid distractions
  • Remain the kitchen

Quick cleaning

First take away items that don’t fit the kitchen and put them in a basket so you can place them at the right place later. Any items on the counters, place them into cupboards. Remove all items from the shelves and put them in the dining area, if you intend to clean the entire kitchen, Keep in mind this only for looking for things that are out of place.  

Assemble cleaning stuff

In case you own a cleaning set, you have everything ready. Consider using green cleaners as much as you can. You can use a polishing cloth, microfiber cloths, and water or vinegar spray. Here are the supplies I use:

  • Multipurpose spray
  • Microfiber cleaning fabric and polishing cloth
  • Dusting mitt pads
  • Norwex micro pads
  • Toothbrush
  • Dish soap
  • Vacuum
  • Steam cleaner
  • Microfiber mop

Light Fixtures

 

Ceiling light

Clean all fixtures with vinegar spray and water and change all bulbs that require replacement

Cabinets Tops

If your cabinets have spaces at the top, they need cleaning. Take away all the items and use a handheld vacuum or duster to dry dust the cabinet tops. Spray using the multipurpose cleaner and clean. Put a wax paper down on the tops of the cabinets. Only change it when it requires wiping. Wipe all the objects and place them back

Still, on the top of cabinets, check the corners and across the ends of the ceiling and vacuum all the cobwebs.

Windows

Take down and clean all window treatment. Dust, spray and wipe all splatters that they may have.

Clean the windows. It can be good if you do it on sunny a day so you can see grime and streaks. You may use Norwex window fabric, water with some vinegar.

Open the windows and wipe the window tracks.

Floor Cleaning

Work from the top and clean all the cupboard knobs, backsplash, doors, walls, counters, switches, faucets and others. Use a multipurpose cleaner and microfiber fabric as well water to polish all shiny surfaces.

After you have cleaned the counters, wash all the items and place them on the shelves.

Sink

White sink

Wash the kitchen sink using water and vinegar and also a toothbrush to clean the drain. Also, use a toothbrush to access the corners of your square sink.

Appliances

Take all the machines out and sweep or vacuum the areas behind them. Wash the fridge, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and garbage disposal as required. You may use a steam cleaner to clean the appliances.

Flooring

  • Vacuum or sweep the floor
  • Mop or spot clean the floor as required
  • Shake out area rugs and was as required.

Now you have a nice clean floor and have completed your kitchen cleaning. Relax and enjoy your time.

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