What could be more eco-friendly than growing your own veggies and herbs? Not only is it better for the environment, but it’s a great way to get back in touch with nature and gain some perspective. Why not plant some greens this summer? You could start a herb garden as well and add a little flair to your cooking. With everybody stuck at home, what better way to unwind than with a healthy new hobby? Here are some examples of perfect greens that you can plant at home.
Homegrown organic salad leaves are way better than the ones you buy in the store. Liven up your mealtimes with these easy-to-grow leaves. You can opt for individual varieties, or create a fun mix. Try a combination of lettuce, mustard, kale, and rocket. You can buy all the seeds online.
Lettuce likes balanced soil, not too soggy or compact. Plant them on the east side of the building so they get a perfect combination of morning sun and afternoon shade. You should be able to harvest them in just 21 days.
For the rocket and smaller leaves sow the rocket seeds very thinly, in shallow holes about 6-10 inches apart. Water and keep the soil moist. Make sure they get some shade during the day, so place the pot in a cooler area of your garden.
These are a versatile ingredient in curries, salads, and stews. They also work as a great side dish to go with just about anything. Green beans take about 60 days. Keep the seeds 10-16 inches apart and look out for their bushy plants to come into flower. Once pods start appearing it’s a good idea to pick them as this encourages new pods to form. Alternatively, you could also try learning how to grow your own mung beans.
Whereas summer is an ideal time, some herbs are seasonal. There a few important things to remember when growing herbs. You’ll need to be careful with the type of soil you have, and the positioning of the plant relating to sunlight. With a bit of online advice, you’ll be an expert in no time.
With a scent that carries you all the way to the Mediterranean, basil is a must this summer. It does best in hotter months but will die out in the winter so get planting now.
This one takes care of itself. Mint tends to flourish in any garden and is ideal if you’re looking for low maintenance options. It’s mostly a culinary herb. It goes great with lamb and adds an aromatic touch to grills, moussaka, and Greek-style stews.
There are plenty of lovely ways to cook with fresh rosemary. The best part is it’s easy to grow as well. Order one plant online and soon enough you’ll have a robust, gorgeous smelling hedge.
With all these wonderful additions to your garden this year, you’ll never miss shopping in the supermarket again.