Three Great Reasons You Should Grow Your Own Herbs
Live more green and start a garden. Growing a garden is a great way to connect with nature and bring refreshing energy into your home. Growing a garden can bring satisfaction, joy, and add more nutrition to your diet. It is a rewarding feeling when you get to clip fresh herbs from the plants you grew and use them in your cooking. Gardening also has stress-relieving benefits that can contribute to better health. There are many fun, easy ways to get the most out of the vegetables you already have in your refrigerator.
If you don’t have a sunny outdoor space to start a garden, you can utilize a sunny windowsill in your house. It doesn’t take much to create a thriving herb garden. Windowsill gardens are great to lighten up small spaces and bring nature indoors if you live in a city or have limited sunlight exposure. You can use recycled jars or small pots to plant herbs. You can even regrow vegetables you may already have in your refrigerator, like green onions, celery, lettuce, carrots, garlic, and ginger.
You can cut the base off your stalks of celery and place them in a dish of fresh water. After a few weeks, you will have new celery stalks. The next time you buy green onions, cut the white base of the onions and place them in a dish of water in the window. You will have fresh new green onions in two weeks. The roots can live in water for months. Change out the water every five days and trim your fresh green onions when they reach five or six inches.
Microgreens and sprouts are super easy to do indoors and make great salad garnish! Growing leafy greens encourages clean eating and more nutrition in our diets. Using a seed sprouting tray works great for growing microgreens and sprouts inside. You can also use a jar or any recycled waterproof container with a lid. Soak the seeds for three hours, then place a teaspoon of them in a jar or spread over your sprouting tray and mist with water. Keep moist. In a few days, your sprouts will start to take off and only take a week or two to be ready to eat. Sprouts are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes. They are a great addition to salads and sandwiches.
Some resilient kitchen herbs that are easy to grow in a windowsill are chives, thyme, green onions, parsley, lemon balm, and mint. Plant in jars or small pots. Find herb plants at your local garden store or start them from seed by placing a few seeds in a damp paper towel and inserting it into a ziplock bag. Place the bag in a sunny window for seeds to germinate. Check every few days, once sprouts have popped out, plant into a jar or pot, and keep the soil moist. Having fresh herbs at your fingertips will pay off. No more wasting leftover herbs to the back of the fridge.
Growing your own fresh herbs and food is rewarding in many ways. Gardening has wonderful stress-relieving benefits. It can provide you time to connect to nature, clear your mind, take in more nutrients in your meals, and growing plants can contribute to more happiness. Research shows those who care for plants indoors or outdoors have more mental clarity and build healthier habits of mindfulness, responsibility, and green cooking habits.