Growing your own herb garden is fulfilling. Even if you have limited or no outdoor garden space, an indoor herb garden is a perfect solution for all of us avid gardeners. Growing your own mint, basil, parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, nasturtium, Aloe Vera, ginger, turmeric, hot pepper and cherry tomatoes can be very rewarding. Grow these herbs not only for their freshness but for the numerous health benefits they have as an anti-cancer supplement.
In order to preserve their cancer-fighting benefits, it is recommended to pick them fresh and use them immediately in your cooking. This brings a connection to life that is personally fulfilling as you watch them grow daily and finally reach the stage that you can actually taste them as a fruit of your labor. Moreover, the flavor of homegrown organic herbs is superior to any you might buy at the supermarket produce section.
Starting your garden might include these steps:
• First make your plan of what you intend to grow.
• Find yourself a windowsill in a sunny location.
• Hang or place in the windowsill the type of pots you have chosen.
• Find an organic plant nursery and purchase your plant food, pull out a table, newspaper and a couple of days to accomplish your task.
To have the success you want it is best to buy your plants from an organic nursery. Also pick up potting soil, compost, humus, organic plant food, plant hangers, misting bottle and the pots or window boxes you have chosen. Here are steps to finally putting your herb garden together will include the following:
• Gather small pebbles or rocks to place in the base of the planters or hanging pots and fill the bottom of each with a single layer of these stones to help drainage.
• In a bucket mix one part each of compost, potting soil and humus. Add this mixture to your pots and planters.
• First, water the plants thoroughly and allow them to drain before making a hole in the potting soil for each plant.
• Put your plants in the planters and press around the base of the plant to firmly set them.
• Lastly, wipe the pots and planters clean and place them on the windowsill or use wall brackets to hang them.
Suggestions for what to grow are mint, which is easy to grow, basil, parsley, oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary, cilantro, nasturtium, Aloe Vera, ginger, turmeric and cherry tomatoes. Make these fresh herbs part of your anti-cancer foods in your everyday diet.
At the end of the growing season you should dry them to use and incorporate into your diet. Be sure to choose non-GMO seeds that have a high germination rate. Once you start using these herbs, you will be sure to continue to use them on a regular basis. These plants will re-oxygenate your air and will remove toxins from your indoor environment.
Now how could you go wrong? Not only delicious to add to your foods for variety but the pleasure of watching and nursing something on your own. Have some fun and experiment with different recipes to fit your taste buds. Enjoy your little garden all year long!
-Dr Fredda Branyon