How to imagine a small vegetable garden without aromatic herbs ! Beautiful, tasty, easy to grow, they are among the favorite plants of the urban gardener. Rarely disappointing, they deserve their popularity. Just follow simple growing tips to have the pleasure of picking fresh herbs from the garden , balcony or window sill .
Do you know how to cultivate aromatic herbs?
Aromatic herbs are easy to grow and this is part of their charm. They are satisfied with a minimum space to flourish and lend themselves easily to growing pots and planters. Their seeds can be sown from March and almost to frosts.
It takes about a month for emergence and then for the first harvest. Nothing’s easier ! It would be a mistake, however, to believe that all aromatic plants have the same needs. While most people enjoy the sun and the light at least 6 hours a day, it is in terms of watering and fertilization that the needs differ.
Some herbs prefer a constant humidity. Thus, parsley , chives , basil or mint flourish particularly well in small tanks with water reserve that ensure regular hydration. They are not likely to suffer from an omission of watering or a departure on vacation!
These aromatics are also more generous when they benefit from a regular supply of organic fertilizer rich in trace elements.
On the other hand, some species like to benefit from a period of drought between two waterings. This is the case of thyme , oregano or rosemary that are never as productive and fragrant as when you forget them. To see them thrive, it is better to space watering and avoid fertilizer. That’s why it’s best to avoid planting these two styles of plants in one container!
Aromatic herbs also have a lot in common. For example, it is essential to offer them well-drained soil . Thus, a high quality soil , filtering and aerated, guarantees a good development of the root system. Similarly, a layer of clay balls at the bottom of the pots and planters prevents the roots from drowning.
Another common point, the more you harvest them, the more they produce. Do not hesitate to pick them regularly , before they bloom. If you can not always use them in the kitchen, why not make some lovely fragrant bouquets! (Learn more about 3 aromatic easy to grow in pots )
Use the decorative power of aromatic herbs!
Aromatic herbs have more than one trick in their bag and that’s why they are the queens of small gardens and balconies in town . These are not only tasty plants, they are also beautiful plants! Enhanced in a nice container or grown in borders in a small kitchen garden, they can be very decorative.
Their foliage offers a wonderful palette of different shapes. Cut, curled, tapered, small or broad, the leaves of aromatic herbs play in all registers. And at the level of colors and perfumes, they are not left behind! In addition to being useful, a herb garden can also be very aesthetic. So do not hesitate to stage the aromatics by carefully choosing pots and bins in accordance with their silhouettes. They also delight in the company of annual flowers that bring joyful touches of color in the middle of their greenery. This summer, why not try a hotpot of aromatics as a flowerpot?
Taste aromatic herbs!
Aromatic herbs are first and foremost appreciated for their taste . They are indeed rich in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. And above all, they are able to perfume foods without denaturing them. They are almost essential in cooking, especially as they limit salt additions.
These are also major ingredients in many recipes. As proof, this gourmet recipe of gougères with herbs :
For about 30 pieces, heat 200 ml of water + 50 g of butter + a little salt in a saucepan. Once the butter has melted, lower the heat and pour 120 g flour in one go. Stir vigorously by scraping well on the edges to dry the dough. Pour into a bowl and stir in 3 eggs one after the other. When the dough forms a ribbon, add pepper , nutmeg , 60 g grated parmesan and sliced herbs (parsley, dill, chives …).
Then form small piles on a plate, apply an egg yolk with a brush and cook for 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 °. You just have to let cool and taste! Discover also a cake recipe with herbs .
Starting this spring, plan a place in your small outdoor space to sow or plant herbs . Whoever is elected, you will not regret it!