There is nothing as warm and welcoming as having fresh herbs in your home, ready to use in the kitchen at any time. Herbs add freshness, flavour and dimension to your cooking and drinks, and can even be used to decorate your dinner table or to spruce up your plating game. Luckily, herbs are really easy to grow and maintain right in your windowsill to instantly add new life to your kitchen.
Here’s how to care for your favourite herbs (Herb Trio Gift Plant).
Herbs need full sun to grow. This Herb Trio (Rosemary, Oregano & Thyme) will be happiest in the garden or on an indoor windowsill where the plants can bathe in warm sunlight all day.
While most herbs need moderate water and well-drained soil to grow, they tend to develop their unique flavours even better when they are kept a bit dry. Wait for the top 3-5cm of the soil to dry between waterings to achieve the most intense flavours when using these herbs in your cooking. If your herbs are planted outside in the garden, they may need to be watered a bit more frequently depending on how warm and windy it is.
Tip: the top of the soil may look dry but it can be wet beneath, so before watering your plant, dip your finger into the soil to feel the level of moisture. If it feels soggy, wait for a few days and check again.
Temperature & Humidity
The preferred temperature and humidity required to grow will vary between different herbs, although most enjoy moderate to warm temperatures. While your herbs shouldn’t have any wet roots, a certain level of humidity will support their growth, which is why these plants perform well in a kitchen space where there is always some moisture in the air.
When caring for herbs, the goal is to keep the process as natural as possible since these plants are grown for consumption. When fertilising, use only organic solutions that decompose slowly to avoid altering the taste and fragrance of the leaves. If you feed your herb garden with organic material from the kitchen, compost it first to reduce the risk of spreading bacteria onto the plants.
Pruning and removing dead stems from herb plants is a good idea to encourage new growth. By plucking leaves off your rosemary, oregano and thyme plants as you use these fresh ingredients in the kitchen, you naturally prune the plant to keep it healthy and happy.
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