YOUR HOME MAGAZINE | 19
Basil is one of the most useful and
beautiful herbs you can grow. It needs
to be in a location that gets 6 to 8
hours of full sun daily and your soil
should be moist but well-drained.
Thyme can tolerate indirect light making it
perfect for an indoor herb garden. It grows
best in a clay planter since clay allows the
plant to dry out between watering. Mix
sand, soil, peat moss, and perlite to provide
adequate nutrients and drainage.
Sage will grow almost anywhere, but the flavor
is best when it receives a lot of sunlight. It is a
drought-tolerant herb so wait until the soil is
dry to give it a thorough watering. Also, don’t
over-fertilize as it makes the flavor less intense.
Rosemary is a savory herb with a
pungent flavor and attractive leaves.
Plants should be in a pot with a quality
potting mixture that is well-drained.
Rosemary will rot in soggy soil.
Pot individual chive plants in a 6 to 8 inch
diameter pot with good drainage and place
in an area with direct sunlight. Use a light,
well-draining potting mix and allow the soil
to dry out slightly before watering again.
Known as the “joy of the mountain”, oregano
is a must-have in a culinary garden. Oregano
will grow well indoors, but it needs to have
adequate heat and sunlight. Water thoroughly
when the soil is dry to the touch.
Bay laurel is used to flavour soups and
stews. Restricting its roots will prevent it
from outgrowing your home since it is a
tree. Water thoroughly but let the soil dry
out slightly between waterings.
Mint is the perfect starter plant for an herb
garden. Plant your mint in a pot that’s at
least 12 inches in diameter, with a rich and
well-drained soil. Place in full sunlight but
make sure it’s shaded during the hottest
parts of the afternoon.
Cilantro is a highly aromatic herb used in
many Asian and Mexican cuisines. Cilantro
likes evenly moist, neutral soil that’s rich in
organic matter. Try not to wet the leaves when
watering as cilantro is susceptible to mildew.