Herbs and greenery; these are the simple things which are one of the best sources of positivity. Examine yourself; after waking up in the morning, a glimpse of growing tender plants and air blowing with them recharges you automatically. This simple thing holds lots of positive energies with them; and as we know green colour means energetic and positive thing. Watering the plants, caring them, their stages of growing all are just far away to describe in words. Here, we will be talking about 10 simpler herbs which can be easily grown in a Kitchen garden.
With the increasing population, buildings and structures; forests are greenery are being depleted. In mega cities, when you look around yourselves; you will find lots and lots of buildings, apartments etc; trees and open field are rare. Actually, the price raise in vegetables are also one of the results of forest depletion. Due to lack of growth, vegetable prices are raising furiously. In these cases, Kerala; one of the states of South-India is very fine. When you will look downwards from a plane or helicopter; you will found abundant greenery there. There is a principal ‘Each one, plant one’. That is why, Kerala is also called “God’s own country”.
Herbs in Kitchen garden:-
In this world, where the prices of vegetable looks like the price of gold; many are not able to afford them. Here we will be talking about herbs which can be easily grown in a kitchen garden. Now what is Kitchen garden? THe little area around your kitchen, balcony etc here optimum sunlight can be reached; is the bet place for a kitchen garden. MAny of us, due to lack of knowledge turn that kitchen area to the waste one. You can easily use it as a Kitchen garden. You can grow certain herbs and veggies there which will give you a feeling of security, satisfaction and natural living.
Following are the list of top 10 herbs which can be planted in a kitchen garden.
Top 10 Herbs for your Kitchen Garden:
Cilantro is a green coloured herb which comes under the category of herbs. Being rich in antioxidants, Vitamins, Minerals and many more; its is a very useful herb cum vegetable. Cilantro is used in multiple ways; as a garnish item in curries etc, chutney, dips, snack items and many more. The powerful flavor and aroma of Cilantro makes an excellent seasoning in different salads and dishes too. Apart from this there are numerous benefits of cilantro in different disorders too. In market, this small herb costs really high; so why not grow it naturally in your garden only and eat fresh.
You can easily grow it with its seeds; it takes about 5-7 days for germination. While growing it looks same as the normal grass. It needs full sun and preferably shade for proper growth. It also needs well-drained soil and twice watering in ample amount only.
Parsley is a natural and anti-bacterial remedy. Parsley is good as a booster for your immune system and neutralize bad breath. Parsley is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which makes it great for digestion and detoxification. Parsley is a Biennial plant and can be easily grown using seeds. It needs partly shade and full sun rays. You can easily use parsley in salad dressing, as an ingredient in curry items etc. It takes 15-30 days for germination; the height varies as per the variety itself.
3. Aloe Vera
Also called ‘plant from heavens’; aloe vera is a very god herb which is multipurpose,. It is used as a food ingredient, to prepare dessert item, as a beauty cosmetic and for different purposes. As like other plants, it does not bear any kind of leaves or buds; it grows in the form of stem and can be of different shapes; like elongates, round, small and so on. It produces transparent jelly and yellow sticky fluid. Both of them are usable and used in different ways. It can be easily grown in pots or in garden field. You can use it as gelatin, beauty treatment, hair moisturiser , beauty packs, juice, edible gel and many more.
Mint also called ‘pudina’ is a fragrant, green coloured and an aromatic herb which is use in multiple ways. It is also called Peppermint and is an excellent repellent for ants, insects, flying insects, rodents and many more. It is used to prepare chutney, shikanji, can be eaten raw and many more. Peppermint makes a healthy addition to beverages and desserts. Add a sprig of peppermint leaves to berries and other fruits, coffee, or hot cocoa. It is found in different varieties in different shapes too. It takes 10-15 days for germination with damp and mulched soil texture. It need partly and well sun rays.
Basil is also called ‘Tulsi‘ is a sacred herb in Indian culture. Tulsi is found in different varieties namely; Krishna Tulsi, Kashi Tulsi and Lakshmi Tulsi. Each of them has their own texture, shape and fragrance too. When eaten, Basil provides us healthy doses of vitamins A, K, and C, as well as magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium. It is also used to prepare a variety of dishes and preparations. It is an excellent repellent for ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches and many more. Dried or fresh, basil is great for cooking or for creating an invigorating atmosphere anywhere in your home. It takes 5-10 days for germination and needs rich, moist and well-drained soil for better growth.
Spinach comes under the category of ‘leafy green vegetables’ and is the rich source of Iron, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamins, fibres, essential amino acids, folic acid and many other nutritive elements. It bears broad green leaves and ranks high among all green vegetables. It is one of the cheapest vegetable which supplies the same amount of protein as one gets from the same quantity of meat, chicken, fish, eggs etc. It is a cool vegetable and annual crop which matures quickly. It needs well-drained soil and ample sunlight.
Green chillies comes under the category of herb, vegetable as well as a spice plant. It is used as a condiment/ingredient in all the salty and curry dishes. It is hot and burning in nature. It is a herb plant; thus not so tall one and can be easily planted in pots and garden even. It bears flowers, hence which gets converted into chilli. Plant it on kitchen gardens and have fresh and hand-plucked chillies always. It can b propagated through seeds as well as the stem; water it twice a day and allow warm sun light reach to it.
8. Curry leaves
Curry leaves; it is one of the major ingredient used in South-Indian dishes. It is aromatic, pungent and medicinal in nature. It is a simple leaf plant but packed with carbohydrates, fibre, calcium, phosphorous, irons and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, curry leaves help your heart function better, fights infections and can enliven your hair and skin with vitality. In Hindi, it is also called ‘kadi patta’. They are also believed to have cancer fighting properties and are known to help protect the liver. You can easily get it from nurseries and gardens and plant in pots or garden itself.
9. Betel plant
Betel leaves also called ‘Pan patta’ is a very important thing which aids in numerous health benefits. It is a creeper grown in tropics; it belongs to pepper family. Its waxy green, heart-shaped leaves are used for medicinal and culinary purposes. When crushed, it exudes cool peppery scent. It’s used in making famous dessert called ‘Paan’ which is chewed with betel nut as a mouth freshener. It is easy to propagate from cuttings at hot times of the year. Take cuttings 25 cm long, strip the leaves off the bottom half of the stems and bury to half their length in potting mix and keep moist.
Fenugreek is also known as one of the most important medicinal plant. It is known as “Methi” in Hindi terms. It is highly beneficial for health. The plant Fenugreek and leaves are strongly aromatic and flavourful. Seeds are bitter in taste but lose their bitterness if roasted slightly. They are rich in Vitamins such as thiamine folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins A, B6, and C, and are a storehouse of certain minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, and magnesium. Fenugreek leaves are a rich source of vitamin K as well. These are quite small herbs and can be easily grown in pots and gardens. Fenugreek leaves are used to cook a number of dishes and curries.
So, in this way we saw numerous herbs which can be easily planted in Kitchen gardens. In a world, where prices are rising tremendously; farming of some small herbs is a good option. It not only gives you hand-plucked fresh edibles but also keeps you financially fit nd mentally peaceful. So, take care and live well!