Have you ever thought of setting up a herbal garden at home? Growing herbs can really promote healthy living. Maintaining a herbal garden is fortunately an easy task as it can grow in any type of soil and doesn’t get effected by insect or disease pests.
Points to keep in mind while setting up a herbal garden:
It is important to choose an appropriate space for your herb garden if you want it to grow healthy and last longer. You can choose a space near your kitchen, balcony or terrace. Make sure the space you choose has a flat and wide surface for the herbs to grow freely & naturally and not restricting their growth by putting them in a pot.
Make sure your garden gets a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight. Don’t forget to provide your garden with a good drainage system.
Remember to water them every day. Water them in the morning & evening but never at night. Water them in such a way that the soil is moist and not wet. If you feel the temperature is more than normal then you can water them at regular intervals.
Even if your soil is rich, make sure you add the right amount of compost at the right time. I would suggest you to add natural compost to soil once planted. You can add natural composts like vegetable fertilizers.
List of herbs that can be grown in a herbal garden:
- Curry Leaves
Advantages of growing your own herbs:
I feel people who grow their own veggies or herbs are blessed since they know its value by its fresh nutritious outcome and, unadulterated food. Herbs like mint, basil, oregano are good in curing dry cough and cold.
Basil: Acts as anti-inflammatory herb. Cures sore throat, cough, heart problems, stress, kidney stones.
Curry Leaves: Contains anti-oxidant properties. Fights cancer, lowers cholesterol, good for hair growth.
Fennel: Helps in digestion, reduces obesity, avoids bad breath
Fenugreek: Helps in weight loss, reduce cholesterol levels, resolve hair problems and avoids skin problems
Mint: Treats headache, nausea, bad breadth, helps in digestion, cures respiratory problems, pimples and memory loss.
Oregano: Acts as anti-bacterial and anti inflammatory. Protects against cancer, cures cold, cough, fatigue and muscle pain
Parsley: Prevents cancer, diabetes, anti-oxidant and promotes good health
Pepper: Promotes skin health, cures cold, cough, helps digestion, has anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties.
One vital point to note before you start: Let the plants grow in their own time, never water them too much or too little. Never add chemicals to make them grow fast they won’t give you the original nutrients or taste. Let them grow at their own pace.
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