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You might remember one of our recent posts on planting your own Kitchen Herb Garden. Now, we are going to help you learn how to take care of it so all of your hard work is not in vain. Below are a few tips that will help you in Caring for your Kitchen Herb Garden thriving all year long. We hope you enjoy!
Basil is a great herb to grow in your kitchen herb garden. Basil prefers sunlight and damp soil. Basil is not a plant you will want to over water, so pay attention to your soil. Basil is also not a plant that you will be able to keep around for a long period of time as it does not replenish itself. Make sure to plant new seeds every few weeks to keep a never ending supply of Basil.
Placing cilantro in some place cool with help to keep it for a longer period of time. Cilantro also likes to be watered frequently but needs well drained soil. If possible you could plant in a soil/sand mixture to help with proper drainage. Cilantro is ready to be pinched back and used when it is 6″ tall. Picking it frequently will help to encourage more leaf growth.
Sage needs lots of light. It is recommended to have a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight for your Sage to flourish. Find a sunny window that will get the more light throughout the day. Sage also needs less water and more drainage then most of your kitchen herbs. Adding a small layer of pebbles to the bottom of your pot is a great idea to help with water drainage.
Mint is a hardy herb and that only needs moderate sunlight. A windowsill with 3+ hours of sunlight a day would be perfect. Keep the soil moist, but not overly wet. You can test this out by feeling the soil. If it is dry to the touch, then you need to add some water just don’t saturate it. Mint will also grow toward the sun. It is recommended that you turn the plant at least once a week to help it grow straight.
Thyme likes well drained soil that is not overly wet. Once you water your plant, you will want to make sure it fully dries before you water it again. With Thyme, it is better to underwater it then it is to over water it. Thyme also likes to be in full sun so find a bright and shiny window that gets 6+ hours of sunlight a day.
Parsley likes well drained soil in full sun. Find a window with 6+ hours of sunlight a day. Just like with the Mint, Parsley will grow toward the sunlight. Make sure to turn your pot weekly. Once your parsley stocks reach 6″ tall you will want to start to snip the stalks. Start with the outer stalks and snip as close to the dirt as possible. This will stimulate new plant growth.
Oregano is very easy to grow and is another plant that likes lots of light and less watering. Only water when the soil is dry to the touch. If you are not using the Oregano consistently, then it may begin to bloom. Just pinch off the blooms and you should be good to go.
Rosemary prefers underwatering and is very easy to care for. You’ll also want your Rosemary to have consistent sunlight for at least 6+ hours. Rosemary can grow to be 4′ tall so you will want to repot it each year and trim off 1/3 of the roots to keep it a size that is desirable for your kitchen.
We hope that these tips will help you with your Caring for your Kitchen Herb Garden. It is so nice to have a fresh stash on hand for all the tasty cooking you are doing in your kitchens each day.