Many know the painful experience with herbs in the kitchen: you buy a potty of basil, rip off a few leaves for mozzarella with tomatoes and the rest hangs after a few days, either dreary down or starts to mold. It may be difficult to start at the beginning, but with a few tips and a little bit of experience, everyone can conjure up their own herb paradise in the kitchen. And that's worth it: Because herbs not only refine many foods. A herb garden in the kitchen also looks nice, spreads a pleasant scent, and the gardeners feel happy about their own harvesting.
Vitamins and minerals in herbs
Last but not least, herbs are packed with vitamins and minerals and have beneficial effects on the organism thanks to their essential oils. In order to preserve these, it is important to harvest herbs as fresh as possible and to add them to the food at the very end when cooking.
In early summer there is a large selection of potted herbs that are suitable for growing. For the attitude in the kitchen dill, parsley and chives are particularly suitable.
Other varieties such as basil, thyme or rosemary provide a Mediterranean flair on the balcony or in the garden corner. Peppermint and coriander, which bring an oriental flavor in the food, as well as lemon balm, which refined many a sweet, are also suitable for their own cultivation. They grow a bit bushier than the representatives from the Mediterranean.
Plant herbs: balcony, kitchen or garden
Decisive factors in the selection of herbs are, of course, first their own taste preferences, but also which site is available for planting. A sheltered spot with sunlight is perfect for planting herbs. If you have a balcony or a piece of green with many hours of sunshine, you can plant almost all herbs - even the varieties from the southern climes, who like it hot and rather dry. These include all the typical herbs from the Mediterranean countries such as rosemary, oregano, sage or lavender.
But even without a southern layer you do not need to throw over herbal dreams overboard. For in somewhat shadier places varieties such as parsley, chives, peppermint, chervil, lovage or sorrel thrive especially well.
Of course, appropriate arrangements can also influence the sunday duration of the respective plants: special herbal etagers can be just as helpful here as simple shelves in which the sun worshipers at the top level are right. Shadowed by other herbs find a suitable place below. In addition, hanging baskets can be attached to lattice walls or railings, which not only increase the choice of location, but also the planting area.
Caution is advised when combining several plants in a large pot: the plantlets should not only fit nicely together, but also have similar demands on light, humidity and soil.