Most of us have a pot of parsley or coriander from the supermarket on our kitchen window sill from time to time. Usually they die before you use them! I have solved this by repotting them into a bigger pot. However, even more satisfying than keeping a supermarket pot going is to grow your own herbs.
There are so many great reasons to grow your own herbs. Here are just ten.
1. It is cheaper to grow your own herbs
Money savers and keen cooks will appreciate this one! It costs so little to buy a packet of seeds. You don’t need to use them all at once either. Seal the pack until you need some more.
You can also grow woody herbs like rosemary and lavender from cuttings.
2. They are easy to grow
Herbs are really are easy to grow. You need some kind of pot, some compost, a pack of seeds, then just follow the instructions.
It really is easy to grow your own herbs.
3. Great for small spaces
If you don’t have much outdoor space, herbs can be grown in pots indoors or out. You get great value for very little room as they can thrive in quite confined areas. You can use them as border plants or grown them in window boxes too.
4. Add more flavour
Fresh herbs are so much tastier and add more flavour to your dishes than dried. Personally, I think there is nothing more aromatic and delicious than fresh chopped coriander.
5. Add more nutrition
People tend to think of herbs in terms of their culinary characteristics. However, they are full of plant power! Parsley is a good source of iron and vitamin C, for example. In fact, most contain useful vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Fennel is another herb that is said to improve your digestive health.
6. Herbs as medicine
Herbs have long been used for their medicinal properties. Mint is good for the digestion, for example, and parsley is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and to relieve flatulence.
7. Herbs make great plants for your garden
One of my favourite shrubs in my garden is rosemary. As well as putting it on our roasties, it produces beautiful blue flowers each spring. Thyme is especially good for borders.
Herbs come in an amazing variety of shapes, sizes, textures and colours. Even if they don’t flower, they will add beauty to your outside space.
8. Herbs attract wildlife
Insects and butterflies will love you for growing a few herbs in your outside space. The bees absolutely love our rosemary, lavender and our borage, for example.
9. Less waste
As I mentioned before, even if you buy your fresh herbs in pots they frequently end up in the bin, having died or gone to seed. If you buy cut herbs for a recipe, you often use a small bit and throw the rest away. If you grown your own herbs, however, you can cut exactly the amount you need.
10. More variety
If you grow your own you will be able to cultivate varieties that are hard to find in the shops. It will make you more adventurous in the kitchen! For example, I have a nice pot of Scottish mint. I have never seen this in the shops. Lemon balm is another one you won’t often find in the supermarket.
Even if you don’t think you have green fingers, you can grow your own herbs successfully. What do you grow?