There are a few plants which are easily grown either in pots or gardens. These can add a touch of special to your cooking, so whether you are a beginner or a diehard foodie, these are my favs.
There are two types curly or flat leaf (AKA Italian). I love the flat leaf & use it heaps – curly kinda reminds me of the garnish off the pub meat tray!
It is rich in vitamins K, C, B12, & A, as well as high in beta carotene, iron & folic acid. So why wouldn’t you put a handful in your salad, with your vegies or in your soup.
- It loves full sun with a well-drained soil.
- Water regularly.
- If it gets stressed it will go to seed & die. Should this happen – you will need to either get yourself a new one, or let the seeds fall & start from scratch.
I love lemons & use them for a few things – it irks me to pay for them in the supermarket. Currently we have a lemon tree in the back yard, but I have dabbled with a dwarf lemon in a pot previously.
- They love the sun, but not the wind (kinda like me but not yellow)!
- Water regularly but let it dry out between watering’s (so no wet feet for this plant).
- They are hungry critters & love a regular feed of fertiliser.
Nutritionally speaking lemons have a great amount of vitamin C, as well as a smaller number of other vitamins & minerals (a few Bs, such as niacin, folate, thiamine, & riboflavin; plus, potassium, zinc & magnesium).
Back to my potted dwarf lemon – it was pretty easy, requiring a little pruning (really just shaping), lots of sunshine, regular watering & fertiliser.
These are dead easy to grow, especially in pots. Cherry tomatoes seem to have less problems with pests & disease when compared to regular tomatoes. What I love about them is the amount they give you back, oh yeah I feel like a bountiful farmer with these!
- They love the sun.
- Water regularly & deeply, preferably in the morning (so the leaves can dry – then there is less chance of disease also).
- Again, they are hungry critters & love a regular feed of fertiliser.
These are always popular, super easy to use (if they make it to the kitchen of course) plus they are high in vitamin C.
Absolutely love this one, it smells like summer! I love this fresh & use it a lot when it’s in season. There are heaps of different types of basil, but they are all rich in antioxidants. I just pick the tips out each time to use, which promotes plant growth.
- Another sun lover.
- Water & fertilise regularly (I’ve noticed seaweed extract is especially good for basil).
Growing your own herbs, not only gives you great flavour (& a smug feeling) – it’s way cheaper than !buying them from the supermarket. You don’t need a big garden bed, you can just start with a pot.
I also love rosemary but that story is for another day 😉