Growing your own herbs and vegetables ensures quick-to-grab, fresh ingredients, and we can help you get started.
Whether you have space to spare in your backyard or are limited to a window box, there are endless options when it comes to growing your own herbs and vegetables. Once you’ve identified the amount of space you have for a garden, determine how much time you wish to spend on upkeep and what types of vegetables and herbs you tend to use.
If you are ready to get your hands dirty and test your green thumb, we have three easy ways to get started on your home garden. What are you waiting for? Dig in!
Indoor Herb Gardens
No outdoor space? No problem! Herbs can be grown indoors year-round alongside your favorite houseplants. And fresh herbs add more than flavor to your favorite dishes – many are packed with nutrients. Parsley is a great source of vitamins A and C, and rosemary is rich in antioxidants which help it fight inflammation.
Basil, chives, oregano, rosemary and parsley are just a few herbs that are versatile and easy to grow in small spaces. You can also dry them for future use by hanging them in a warm, well-ventilated room or placing them in an open oven on low heat (less than 180 degrees) for two to four hours.
Container gardening is perfect for beginning gardeners or those with limited outdoor space such as porches or patios.
To begin, choose containers with holes in the bottom to ensure proper drainage and that are big enough for the plants you want to plant. When growing food for eating, an organic potting soil is best since it is free of fertilizers and other additives. Because plants in containers can’t absorb nutrients from the surrounding soil, adding compost ensures that your plants get the nutrients they need. You can purchase premade compost or make your own.
Several types of vegetables do well in containers, including tomatoes, zucchini, cantaloupe, peppers, cucumbers and kale.
If you have an outdoor space that gets 10 or more hours of sunlight each day, consider building raised beds. You can purchase kits that often don’t require tools to assemble, or you can easily make your own in an afternoon. Fill your beds with a good-quality garden soil, which you can purchase pre-mixed in bags or in bulk at your local nursery, to ensure happy, healthy plants.
When deciding what to plant in a raised bed, research which plants grow well together and require similar amounts of sunlight and water. For example, try not to plant or grow mint next to anything as it is a hearty grower that can take over your garden and re-plant itself in other herb pots. And remember to protect your garden from rodents and birds with a mesh fence or cover available at any home improvement store.