Easy Herbs And Spices You Can Grow At Home
No, we are not referring to the mould growing on that loaf of bread you forgot to throw out or the friendly fungi that has decided to call you green waste bin home! We are referring to those easy herbs that you can grow at home that require little to no attention so even the worst of the plant mums out there can grow some homemade herbs for your next cook up.
Herbs are one of the easiest ways to add flavour to a dish or jazz up a cocktail, mmm Mojitos anyone?! They’re also relatively easy to grow – even for those with brown thumbs! So here are our top 8 must-have herbs to grow at home.
Parsley is one of the easiest herbs to grow as it’s fairly hardy and can be harvested any time. If done right, you’ll be able to get at least 12 months of fresh parsley. Plant in a pot or in the garden from a seed in autumn or spring, preferably positioned in the sun. Parsley prefers moist soil and if you find the leaves are yellowing, add some liquid fertiliser for a nutrient boost.
Perfect for: soups, garnishing, green salads, or smoothies.
If you’re looking for a tough herb that requires little attention, it’s rosemary, not only is it a delicious addition to a dish or cocktail but it will survive mostly on rainwater alone and can last for a number of years. Plant in a container or large pot in full sun.
Perfect for: casseroles, salads, potatoes, and a range of poultry including pork and chicken. It also makes for a nice cocktail topper.
Now mint is an acquired taste and we get that so this one is for the peppermint lovers. Mint is a very easy to grow herb but make sure to keep an eye on it as this little guy will most likely take over your garden if you’re not careful. Mint requires just a little water and is suitable for both sun or shade. Best planted in a container, just avoid small plastic pots as it will quickly become root bound.
Perfect for: mojitos of course as well as salads, smoothies and home-made tea.
Who doesn’t love a garnish of basil to top of their pasta dish? We sure do! The most fragrant of herbs out there, basil grows well from seed when planted in full sun. It prefers moist, but well-drained soil and will require frequent pruning to encourage new growth.
Perfect for: home-made pesto, pasta, garnishing and salads
Chives are an excellent herb for pots but can also be used as a garden boarder. Chives are a very tough herb; however, they tend to grow better in cool weather. We recommend planting chives during the winter in full sun, keep the soil most but ensure it is well drained.
Perfect for: scrambled eggs, mashed potato and garnishes.
Another great edible plant for your garden is thyme. Although it may not be a crowd favourite all the time, it’s still a great one to consider as it can add a burst of flavour to any did. Thyme does well in in a pot, but also as a ground cover forming large clumps in the garden that you can walk on. Thyme prefers to be planted in a sheltered position in full sun and doesn’t require too much water.
Perfect for: roast meat, vegetables and fish dishes.
Although technically not classified as a herb, lavender is a beautiful edible plant that can be used to flavour baking and make bath product beautifully fragrant. It’s also very easy to grow and encourages the bees into your garden. Lavender prefers full sunlight in a very well-drained pot (or garden bed if you have one).
Perfect for: salads, baking and beautiful garnishes.
This one is a little tricky, Oregano loves a combination of sun and shade so be prepared to give it the love it deserves. Oregano is a tough plant that will do well planted in the garden, as a ground cover or in a pot. It won’t require much water but just be sure to keep an eye out on its sun intake and move around accordingly.
Perfect for: marinades, chicken, lamb and beef dishes.
Hot Tips for Growing Herbs At Home:
- Make sure your herbs get enough sunlight and regular water
- Ensure the soil is well-drained and good quality
- Use a quality potting mix if planting in containers (head to Bunnings)
- Use compost or manure to improve the soil (too much though can encourage growth at the expense of flavour)
- Liquid fertiliser can be beneficial if you need a nutrient boost
- Store seeds in a paper bag in a cool area until planting season
Sounds pretty easy huh? We recommend heading to Bunnings to kick start your home-made herb garden, but let’s be honest, do you really need an excuse for a Bunnings trip!