Growing your own Herbs

Another great way to save money is to grow your own herbs. Not only will it save you from having to shell out money on a bunch of herbs that you only use half of before they go bad, it will also give you the freedom to add strong flavors to any recipes. Fresh herbs are a great way to add a lot of flavor to a dish without adding extra fat or calories.

 

Herbs can be grown inside or outside and starting them from seed is pretty easy, which makes them great even for people that are not great at growing things. That is certainly me. I have been experimenting with the best way to start the herbs from seeds. Some I just put into a slightly larger pot and some I put in small seed starting containers that you can trasfer to pots. So far the ones that are in the larger pot are doing a little better. There could be a number of reasons for this though. Over watering, not enough sun, I didn't plant the seeds correctly...etc. You can choose which way you want to try planting them. You can also buy herbs that are already started. I never seem to have any luck with those though. I will keep you posted on how things go for me. The first thing I can tell you is make sure you label your pots. I did not do that and now I am playing a guessing game as to what is what. Hopefully I guess right. I decided to just start with a few herbs that I like to use a lot. Basil, Cilantro and dill. Parsley and chives are good ones, so are rosemary and thyme.

Since I have been having mixed luck this year I thought I would look up some great places that you can go to get instructions on planting herbs.

This is a good one for growing herbs indoors.

This site has specific instructions for each kind of herb you can plant as well as uses for them.

This is a cute site with a lot of great information about growing herbs.

Here is a video about planting herbs that was recently on The Today Show.

 

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