I cook with loads of herbs but every time I need a bunch of coriander, basil or parsley it can cost me between 83p and £1.20 which is usually enough for 2 recipes! If a recipe calls for two or three types of herbs, as many do, then it can cost way more than it should! So I decided to grow herbs in my kitchen and I can’t believe how much I have saved already!
The Coriander seems a bit more temperamental than the basil, I think it is time to put it into a bigger pot to allow it to grow a bit better. The basil on the other hand is so easy, it just loves water and sunshine. Having herbs on hand means I have just been adding them to random meals, for example the other day I was stir frying some yellow chard, mushrooms and courgette and I simply added some basil leaves, chilli flakes and a pinch of salt and it lifted the whole dish!
These plants I bought as ‘living herbs’ from the supermarket and I have placed them into a punnet I bought some nectarines in to keep the plants neat. I’ve placed them on a plate so I can water them from the bottom and not make a mess!
I also bought some seeds from a great website Allotinabox which encourages you to grow herbs, salads and vegetables in any container showing that you don’t need a garden, vegetable patch or green house to grow your own food. I feel a bit silly because I have all three but keeping small pots in my kitchen just feels a bit more manageable with my busy lifestyle.
I kept some plastic trays which had some free range chicken drumsticks in them originally, I liked them because they were green and quite large so would be great for growing herbs. I started with parsley because this is a herb I like to use all the time, it’s been a slow starter but I finally have one little sprout coming up! It is SO exciting growing something from seed.
I’ve also got chives and a tomato plant however the chives don’t seem to be growing and I don’t really know why I started a tomato plant in September! I was just very impatient and wanted it to join my little garden! The tomato plant is in the little red pot that you can see in the top photo.
I have also been sprouting seeds and again I have found this very easy and enjoyable. So far I have sprouted alfafa seeds which were more delicate looking, mung beans which were much chunkier and great on top of a stirfry and now I have a gourmet mix which includes quinoa and lentils. You have to begin by soaking them in water over night in a dark place, I put them in a cupboard with the glasses so that I wouldn’t forget about them. Then you just rinse and drain twice a day untill ready to eat. This lot are nearly ready to eat –
I have used a tray which originally had mushrooms in it to place the glass germinator on to catch any water that drains out. It’s a great way of recycling these plastic tubs as well as making the window sill look interesting.
The great thing about having all of your plants and herbs in pots and on plates is that it is very easy to clean, you can just lift them all off, give it a good clean and then put them all back again! I also just want to point out the beautiful painted heart my sister made for me and Scott for our engagement. She made it and painted it herself and on the back it says “Engagement 2008”. Such a lovely and unique gift.
Do you have any tips on growing herbs inside? Do you also grow herbs and salads in your house?