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What Are The Best Herbs to Grow at Home?

Julia Lewis January 12, 2021

 

 

Are you looking to start growing plants as a hobby? Herbs can be a useful, easy, and fun choice to grow. It's important to choose herbs that are easy to grow in your environment, and that you'll be able to use in your cooking and more.

Let's go through our recommendations for the best herbs to grow at home.

Mint

Mint (mentha) is an easy herb to grow that can be used for so many different things. If you don't watch out for it, it can completely take over your garden!

Mint is a great addition to your garden if you're a big fan of tea, since it can be easily added to tea leaves for a delicious brew. 

Some of the different types of mint you may want to grow in your garden include pineapple mint, chocolate mint, spearmint, peppermint, lavender mint, basil mint, red raripila mint, and so many others. When it comes to mint, the world is your oyster!

Basil

If you enjoy pesto and other delicious Italian treats, you should certainly begin growing basil in your garden. Basil ( also called ocimum basilicum) tends to be sensitive to the cold, so if possible you should be growing inside — unless you live in a warmer climate.

You don't have to grow basil from scratch. Instead, try picking up a plant, and transplant it into your garden. Never refrigerate your picked basil. Instead, put it in the freezer once it has been picked.

Parsley

Any of the different varieties of parsley can be a delicious addition to a beginner's herb garden. Parsley, known as petroselinum crispum in the world of science, makes for a delicious garnish that is also useful for anyone who happens to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Parsley also has health benefits! It contains nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, and proteins, It's high in antioxidants like flavonoids, beta carotene, and lutein. Eating parsley can help strengthen your eye health, heart health, and bone health.

Some studies even show that parsley may have beneficial properties for fighting cancer! Clearly, parsley is a wonderful addition to any garden, even for beginners.

Chives

Love onions? Chives (also called allium schoenoprasum) are an easy choice when it comes to more savoury additions to your garden. Make sure that your chives get plenty of water so that they'll thrive. Unlike many of the herbs on this list, chives are a plant that grows from a bulb, which can make it easier to handle for beginners.

Chives can grow well in chillier climates, so they're great for people who live in colder areas of the country. However, frost can still be a problem, so you may want to consider growing them inside or in a greenhouse, if you have the room and available facilities.

Make sure that you plant chives a decent distance apart, since their roots and the plants themselves can spread very widely. Once they grow, chives are easier to take care of than most other herbs, although it's still important to watch out for droughts, insects, and other possible environmental factors.

You should also make sure to weed your plants regularly, to make sure that weeds don't interfere with the growth of your plants.

Make sure that you use plenty of environmentally-friendly fertilizer, and your chive plants are sure to flourish in no time. 

Rosemary

Rosemary is a great herb to grow if you happen to live in a sunnier location. It's known in the scientific community as salvia rosmarinus.

It was first found in the Mediterranean region, but can now be found all over the world. When growing rosemary, make sure you plant it where it will be able to get as much sun as possible. And, you'll need to make sure that its soil can be drained.

So, when possible, you should plant your rosemary in a pot, so that you'll be able to move it to a sunnier locale throughout the season. Rosemary is one of the longer-lived herbs out there, since it can stay alive for over two years with proper and careful maintenance. 

Rosemary is a delicious treat that can benefit your health. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is full of antioxidants. Rosemary contains carnosic acid, which boosts your brain health and can help improve your concentration.

However, it's important not to overdo it on the rosemary, since eating large amounts can be poisonous.

Lavender

Having trouble sleeping at night? Lavender (Lavandula) is a beautiful addition to any garden, and it can help you relax enough to get some sleep. Lavender is a pretty hardy plant and can be grown in many different types of soils.

Lavender is often used to treat problems like stress, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Plus, it's a beautiful purple colour and smells amazing.

Lavender is a difficult plant to grow from scratch, so if you're a beginner in the planting world you should definitely consider starting with starter plants. Lavender plants can grow up to three feet in height, so it's important to space your plants out so as not to infringe on growth or cause any other problems.

Cannabis

If it's legal in your state or country, cannabis (cannabis sativa) is a great herb to start growing at home. It can be a little more complicated than some of the other herbs on this list, but with the right tools you can pull it off without breaking a sweat.

You can harvest cannabis seeds from existing plants, which can save you time and money in the long term.

Cannabis has so many other uses than getting high. Marijuana and CBD have been proven to be a useful tool for managing anxiety. Cannabis can help with managing chronic pain, and problems like migraines. Cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties and can help improve the health of your skin.

Cilantro or Coriander

Cilantro (coriandrum sativum, sometimes known as coriander) is one of the most divisive herbs out there, but those who love it really love it. Apparently, there's a genetic reason that some people don't find it palatable. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't experiment with growing it at home!

Cilantro is thought to fight against such problems as measles, cancer, mouth pains, and other issues you may be hoping to avoid.

Plus, it's not at all difficult to grow, even for beginners! 

Dill

Do you love pickles? You should absolutely start growing dill, so that you'll be able to start creating your own pickles from the comfort of your own home! But pickles aren't the only use of dill. Dill has been shown to help fight indigestion and other digestive issues, and can even help you combat bad breath.

The scientific name for dill is anethum graveolens, but don't let that put you off. Dill is a great plant to grow in pots. However, dill is somewhat short-lived, so if you plan to make a large number of pickles you may want to replant new quantities of dill every few weeks or so.

Make sure you pick the sunniest area of your yard for your new patch of dill. If possible, create your own composting bin, so that you'll be able to have a steady supply of fertilizer for your dill herbs.  Your dill plants should start sprouting within two weeks, so it's super important to keep an eye on your plants. That way, you'll know they're growing properly and safely.

Growing Plants at Home

There are tools you can use to successfully grow plants at home.  Grobo is an automated grow box. It uses deep water culture, a hydroponic technique to grow the plants. Users simply add their plant, pick a grow recipes in the Grobo app (which offers hundreds of strains for all of your cannabis needs) then the system does the rest.

Grobo reduces the smell of anything you might be growing, and can grow 2-3oz every 3 to 4 months. You can use either seeds or clones in Grobo. There are options for beginners just starting out in the growing world, and for people that are a little more advance.

What Are the Best Herbs to Grow at Home? Now You Know

Clearly, it's not as difficult as you think to find the best herbs to grow at home. Just make sure you do plenty of research and prepare properly!

Are you looking to start growing cannabis at home? Grobo can help you out. Contact us today for more information.

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