Walking through any garden or plant store, the array of herbs and edible plants available seem to be endless. The thought always seems to cross our minds – imagine how much money I could save if I grew these at home, well, here is the beginners guide to growing your own edible plants. We have outlined the top 4 plants you need for your kitchen to add some home grown spice to your meals.
Parsley is the ultimate beginner herb. Relatively low maintenance, these tasty sprouts add some much needed flavour to a wide range of every-day dishes. This herb loves to sit in the sun, so make sure it is planted with full sunlight and is in a well draining pot, watered regularly. Just remember that once the plant dies, it goes to seed, so either replace after each life cycle or let the seeds fall to grow a new plant.
2. Dwarf Lemon Tree
Let’s be honest here, buying the lemons at the supermarket is expensive! We don’t always need them, but when we do it’s frustrating having to pay over the top prices for something we only need a little to add flavour to our dishes. The solution – invest in a Dwarf Lemon Tree… all the benefits of a lemon tree without having to commit to years of waiting for a large tree to grow. These mini trees like to live in a spot with good sunlight but out of the wind, like lots to drink but are prone to root rot so the pot needs to have good drainage.
3. Cherry Tomato’s
Another great kitchen staple, perfect for lunches, snacks and dinners, the humble cherry tomato is a great addition to so many dishes! Growing your own cherry tomatoes is a great way to save money at the supermarket as seedlings are relatively inexpensive and grow and ripen at different times, giving a consistent flow of delicious treats. Grow these plants outdoors in direct sunlight and water regularly – avoid watering the foliage to ensure no pests or diseases ruin your plant.
Basil is an essential for any herb garden and the key ingredient to many amazing Italian dishes. Inexpensive to buy as a seedling and will grow more than you could ever need, basil is a must have in your kitchen herb garden. The more you pick the more you get so remember to pick off leaves when they’re ready and to keep in a well lit position with plenty of water.
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