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Kitchen Gardening Basics (Part-I): Grow Your Own Herbs!

A few days back, I was watching Martian movie on the television. The conviction with which the hero cultivates potato on Mars is pretty amusing to see. Remember his lines, “They say that once you grow crops somewhere you’ve officially colonized it. So, technically…I colonized Mars.”

Any person who has a keen interest in gardening can surely relate to his little moment of happiness when his efforts actually became a reality. Gardening for beginners is a series of tryouts. No matter how many times one fails but a single flower or a single fruit nullifies all the setbacks in this journey. The satisfaction of consuming literally the fruits of your hard work is indeed immense!

Kitchen gardening per se refers to both indoor and outdoor set up inside the house. There are many advantages to having a kitchen garden. Firstly, that one gets to consume the freshest of the produce. Secondly, one doesn’t have to worry about how organic or synthetically developed the veggies are. Sustainable isn’t it?

Start with growing herbs.

Here are some herb suggestions apt for Kitchen Gardening with some tips:

Coriander:  Herbs that can be grown in India
Coriander: Herbs that can be grown in India

Coriander: For growing coriander, soak the seeds overnight or crush them into halves. After which insert the seeds in the soil gently and lightly shower them. The time required for the first harvest is around 20 days.

Carrom Plant (Ajwain): The seeds have multiple uses as a flavouring whole spice and as a homebound remedy for various problems related to stomach and more. But did you know these ajwain seeds have a beautiful ornamental plant! This plant with small leaves is pretty easy to maintain.

Mint: Mint plant is a very aggressively growing plant. This plant too is easy to grow. One leafless green stem of mint when placed in the water develops roots in a few days. This can finally be transferred in a pot. The plant required a little more water than other herbal plants. The best part about growing mint is that it repels house flies.

Curry Leaves (Meetha Neem/ Kadi Patta): It is an essential ingredient in food preparation from Southern India. The curry leaves the plant is a perfect balcony plant. As a contrast to mint, this plant is a slow grower. Regular plucking results in more number of leaves.

Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Holy Basil: It is one of the most common herbs in India. The plant can grow in height but if one intends to grow inside then a smaller plant needs to be selected.

Bay Leaf: One of fundamental whole spice used in many cuisines is a shrub. It is easy to grow but it tends to become very large. Regular pruning can ensure that it can be grown in the balcony.

Thyme, Oregano, Sage & Rosemary: All of these lovely herbs that are essentials of Italian cuisine are quite adaptable. They can be grown in different pot sizes and can be repotted or propagated by using a cutting method.

Lemon Grass: This is an interesting herb that can be used both for flavour and aroma purposes. It can easily be grown with the help of seeds or by propagating the fresh ones in the water.

Fennel  is one herbs that can be grown in India easily
Fennel is one of the herbs that can be grown in India easily

Fennel (Saunf): Fennel plant is best grown by seeds. Soak the seeds for a few hours and then wait for them to sprout. These can be then potted 12-18 inches apart in preferable 8 inches or bigger pot. The flowering starts after 90 days and the plant itself needs good sunlight for growing. It is an aggressively growing plant and has ornamental value also if maintained properly.

Fenugreek (Methi): Fenugreek is very easy to grow from seeds. Soaking, and then planting the germinated seeds can result in a good batch of Fenugreek. This plant needs a good amount of sunlight. Spinach, on the other hand, can be grown in the same manner but it requires less sunlight.

Fenugreek:  Herbs that can be grown in India
Fenugreek: Herbs that can be grown in India

Hope the information in the post is inspiring. This is the first post of ‘learning the basics of Kitchen Gardening series’. Very soon, I will be writing more stuff in the same regards. So get your hands dirty and working to grow a lovely herb kitchen garden. Be the ‘Martian’ of your own micro-universe. Happy Gardening!

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(24) Comments

  1. Jyoti Jha says:

    This is amazing! I loved the movie ‘Martian’ and I loved your interesting reference to it in your post 😊. Very insightful article.

    1. Thank you.. Martian was epic.

  2. Madhu Bindra says:

    I grow a lot of herbs in my kitchen garden. Nothing compares to the freshness of the herbs.

    1. True that!

  3. Milan says:

    we grow our own coriander n mint, now u have given me tips for other herbs too. Thanku.

  4. Kitchen gardening Is so wonderful just loved ur post looks amazing even I have grown some herbs and seriously this has made me super excited… Just wonderful post thank you for sharing…

  5. It is really good to be able to grow your own herbs at home. This ensures that they are free of pesticides and also fresh for use. Especially Coriander, Fenugreek, Lemongrass, etc., have a different charm when they are from your own kitchen garden.

  6. With advent of technology came the harmful chemicals and fertilizers which are regularly sprayed on our food. I always encourage organic farming and kitchen gardening solely because that promises us fresh ingredients. My grandpa has this whole backyard dedicated to kitchen gardening and even the spices like cardamom and pepper are planted there. Fresh brinjals and bhindi and tomatos ❤

    1. wow Siddhi wish we had a backyard like your grandpa now. Incidentally, my parents have a farmhouses where they cultivate wheat and veggies but when I was young I used to hate being there while they used to go all ecstatic plucking fresh veggies.

  7. What a lovely post and came at a right time when we have started growing our little garden. Growing plants is like growing kids.

    1. So true even I love nurturing them like babies.

  8. I am totally pro of kitchen gardening. I have so many herbs growing in my garden and i love to use them fresh from my balcony. Loved reading your post.

    1. Wow good to know that Rakhi.. even we have a couple of them growing.

  9. I have always wanted to have a kitchen garden… These are some amazing herbs to grow at home! Bookmarking this post for future reference! ❤️

  10. I loved this post so much Judy as I gave been wanting to grow something in my kitchen garden. Thank you so much for the details.

  11. I really want to get into growing herbs at home, I am thinking of planting seeds on my terrace. And this post will now guide me in doing that.

  12. I always want to grow herbs in my kitchen garden.. But lack of space and kids pulls me back . I will definitely work on it .

  13. Thanks for sharing the list of herbs that can be grown at home. I’ve only grown coriander and mint. Would love to try for ajwain and basil

  14. I have been growing coriander, mint, fenugreek, lemon, green chillies since many years at home. They are best to grow at home and use fresh

  15. Neha Sharma says:

    I have been trying to grow methi, coriander and lemon grass during this lockdown but no luck till now. I am going to keep trying until I get the results. This is a really helpful post.

  16. Going by your post , I am going to offically colonize my terrace by starting with Corrainder & Mint . Looking forward to watching them grow soon .

  17. Having your own kitchen garden is the best thing to do. I have grown so many herbs – thyme, oregano, fennel, corriander, fenugreek. They are pretty easy to grow too.

  18. Thanks for sharing this post, I always wish to have my own kitchen garden but due to lack of space it’s hard to do..still I have managed few plants

  19. This post reminds me of when I did gardening at my mother’s place. Now I grow some plants only but not herbs. I am thinking after lockdown I should grow some herbs too.

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