Living in the city is cramped. There never seems to be enough space, does there? What would you say if I told you that you could fit an entire herb garden into a kitchen that is barely big enough to fit your refrigerator? Skeptical? Don’t be! Here’s how:
An herb garden is the best way for novice gardeners to get started. Herbs generally are easier to grow and take up the least amount of space. Some herbs, such as parsley, are packed with vitamins and nutrients, including calcium. Having fresh herbs in the kitchen will transform cooking and brighten up the space. Trust me, I have gotten tons of compliments when friends come by for get-togethers.
Location is key. You can place your herb garden on a table or a windowsill where the garden will receive plenty of natural sunlight. If that is not an option, under counter lights can be used as a light source. Just place your herbs under the cabinet, turn on the light, and watch those babies grow!
In an herb garden, the roots do not need much space, so a small planter is ideal. You can even spruce up the apartment with some interesting containers, like this reclaimed barnwood planter or something unique from your local garden store. Don’t forget the soil! Any potting soil from a garden supply store will do the trick.
Seeds can be found all sorts of places, from garden stores to supermarkets. I encourage all gardeners at every level to use seeds from local seed banks. The Hudson Valley Seed Library located in upstate New York is a great place to get started if you’re local. Otherwise, look for a seed library near you. Seed banks collect and produce local seeds to store and redistribute. This is a great way to contribute to and be a part of the local food market.
A few great herbs to start with are basil, parsley, and oregano. These are common herbs that are easy to include in every-day cooking. You want your herb garden to reflect you, your passion, and your taste! Figure out what seasonings you use most and incorporate them into your own garden. Soon enough, your kitchen and cooking (or takeout) will be transformed.
For those of you short on time, there is an even easier way to create your own herb garden. Urban Garden Seeds has a self-starting Herb Garden Kit. This is the easiest way to bring fresh food, and a fresh look into your kitchen. If you thought you didn’t have time for a garden, this may be just what you are looking for!
Starting an herb garden is as easy as that. Get your planter, soil, seeds, a light source, and don’t forget to water from time to time (most plants and seeds come with watering guidelines). Ta-da! Fresh herbs right from the kitchen. Get your gardening on and enjoy!
Photos: Jarrett McGovern