Fresh Organic Herbs are rewarding and fun to grow.
You can grow herbs from seed indoors anytime. Starting from seed gives you a wider selection, it's less expensive, especially if you're growing a variety. Including fresh herbs in your meals is a very easy way to boost your meal’s vitamin and nutrient content.
Grow Herbs because they are the friendliest, most adaptable of all plants and can be grown all year long, inside or out. Once the plants are established, they require very little maintenance and you'll have fresh herbs whenever you need them, you’ll always have the right ingredients waiting for to give that extra special touch to all your meals that bring out the flavor like only fresh herbs can.
Herb gardening is an educational experience for adults as well as for children.
How to start your seeds: step-by-step instructions.
Soak your seeds in a small bowl of water for 8-2 hours, it boosts their moisture content and signals the seed that it is now safe to grow. Always use a ‘Seed Starting’ potting mix when growing herb seeds instead of regular potting mix. Use a plastic tray with multiple cells to plant your herb seeds and they can be transplanted into larger pots as they grow. Plant 2-3 seeds per cell. Use a heating mat to warm the starter tray and cover the cells with clear plastic to keep the soil moist and aid in germination. Once they germinate, remove the plastic and place the trays under lights.
For the best success, use an artificial grow light for 14 hours a day. Keep the lights 4 inches away from the tops of the herbs.
How to plant your herbs: step-by-step instructions.
Use a container with a drainage hole, herbs don’t like their roots sitting in overly wet soil. Use a ‘Potting mix’ - it is lighter, made mostly from organic matter such as peat or composted plant matter with texture and drainage they need. Pick a location for your herb garden, any spot that gets about 8 hours of sun a day is good. It is important to neither over-water them or let them dry out. It’s okay if the top of the soil, or growing medium gets dry between watering, check by sticking your finger into the soil, if it feels dry an inch beneath the surface, it's time to water.
Herb seedlings may not look like much in their first weeks, but once they get going in warm weather they will thrive.
The many uses and benefits of herbs.
Herbs can magically flavor up dishes without using as much loads salt, butter, and cheese.
Fresh herbs not only make a meal prettier and tastier, they also have some awesome health benefits. They contain unique antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, phytosterols and plant derived nutrients, which help equip our body to fight against germs, toxins and to boost immunity level.
The vitamins and antioxidants in herbs have cytotoxicity action against prostate, pancreatic, colon, endometrial cancer cells. Not only that, but they are a wonderful addition to food because they add distinctive flavor and enhanced fresh taste to the food, taking a meal from good to great.