Posted on 26 Feb, 2018
Picture this: You come home in the evening, open your large sliding glass doors and make your way to your herb garden, where you clip a few basil leaves to use in a caprese salad for dinner. After a delicious dinner, come back inside to your gourmet kitchen and start brewing some tea with the chamomile you set out to dry last week. This could be your life at Aliento, where living a healthy lifestyle is as simple as stepping outside. Growing your own herb garden is an attainable goal for anyone, no matter your experience level. The following steps will help get your garden growing:
Indoors or out?
Any spot that gets at least six hours of sunlight works for growing herbs. All homes at Aliento feature spacious kitchens that connect to indoor/outdoor living areas that offer the perfect setting for an herb garden. You might opt to keep the plants outside in their own section of the yard, in a vertical planter or elevated garden bed, or inside on your kitchen windowsill. Reflect your design style with a creative container, such as mason jars, teacups or angular modern planters. If you need ideas, Pinterest can be a great source of inspiration.
Know your environment.
There are two seasons for growing herbs in Southern California. The warm season (May-October) is best for plants like basil, chives, cilantro, mint and lemongrass. The cool season (November-April) is prime time to grow parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme and lavender.
Every day, water your plants early in the morning. The water will soak into the soil rather than evaporating. Never pour water on the leaves of your herbs; to avoid mildew and disease, water should always go directly into the soil. Every herb requires a different amount of moisture in the soil, so do your research to avoid over- or under-watering.
Regularly pruning your plants encourages fresh growth, which in turn converts a thin plant into a bushier, more fertile plant. Not to mention it gives you an assortment of fresh herbs at your beck-and-call for cooking purposes. Use them fresh or dehydrate them for future use.
Enjoy the process.
Gardening is an art that takes time to master. Be patient if your herbs don’t grow in quite the right way the first time around. There’s always a next time. Plus, it’s fun to just try.
Incorporate that bountiful array of herbs into your family’s meals for fresh and exciting new flavors! The zing of rosemary perfectly complements chicken dishes, while basil can be used on some homemade lemon sorbet. Try your hand at mixing a savory cocktail, or garnish everyday iced tea with refreshing mint. Mostly, find your new favorites and enjoy!
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