Readers Digest
Magazine subscription Podcast
HomeLifestyleHome & Garden

How to create a handy herb garden

How to create a handy herb garden

January is a great time to reaquaint with your garden. We uncover the best herbs you can grow to boost your wellbeing in 2019

Research disproving the benefits of daily multivitamin pills is growing. Experts agree that— while, at times, a specific supplement is needed for an individual—a generic multivitamin does not prevent disease and, according to the NHS, could actually cause serious harm.

chopping parsley.jpg

The best way to consume your essential daily dose of micronutrients is through natural ingredients, and what could be more gratifying than growing them yourself?

Herbs love to bask in the springtime sun, but they will still thrive indoors with the right care. Make sure you put them in a place that gets plenty of light such as—close to, but not touching—a south-facing window, house them in separate pots with drainage holes (lay saucers underneath) and be sure to use quality soil with the correct pH for each herb. When watering, allow the soil to dry out a little before quenching their thirst again. Herbs tend to enjoy the same temperatures as us, but basil is slightly fussier: ensure it has constant warmth and adjust its environment appropriately to prevent the leaves wilting.

Once your herbs are flourishing and the weather is sunnier, feel free to move them into a cosy herb patch outdoors should you prefer. In the meantime, enjoy your home-grown flavours bursting with goodness.

herb garden.jpg

 

Which herbs to choose:

Basil full of vitamin K, A, iron and calcium

Dill rich in copper, zinc, iron and calcium

Oregano provides potassium, folate and is also an antioxidant

Parsley an antioxidant with folic acid

Peppermint plentiful in vitamin A, C, iron and zinc

Thyme high in magnesium, iron and vitamin B6

 

This post contains affiliate links, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase through links on our site at no additional cost to you. Read our disclaimer

Loading up next...
Stories by email|Subscription
Readers Digest

Launched in 1922, Reader's Digest has built 100 years of trust with a loyal audience and has become the largest circulating magazine in the world

Readers Digest
Reader’s Digest is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK’s magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. If you think that we have not met those standards, please contact 0203 289 0940. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit ipso.co.uk