The key to achieving a flavorful dish while cooking is to season it every step of the way, carefully curating the taste of your food with whatever you choose to use. Different kinds of herbs and spices provide distinctiveness to cuisines around the world and have been utilized in various forms of traditional medicine throughout history. On June 10th, we celebrate the power of herbs and spices and their ability to make any meal complete while providing essential vitamins and minerals that can help promote natural healing in the body.
An herb is the leafy part of an aromatic plant that is often used in cooking, medicine, and fragrances. Herbs can be used either fresh or dried depending on the application.
Some common types of herbs:
Spices come from the parts of plants that are not leaves, such as stems, bark, berries, or roots. Spices are always used dried (and often ground) in cooking, preservation, and medicine.
Some common types of spices:
Whether you are using them for flavor in a new recipe or for naturally healing the body, keeping various types of herb and spice plants on hand will ensure that you always have access to the freshest ingredients. Thankfully, many are typically easy to cultivate at home if you wish to start your own garden in just a few steps.
First, it is important to find an ideal spot where your plants will thrive. If you live in an area that is warm year-round, you may be able to maintain your garden outside. Otherwise, with cooler climates, it would likely be best to keep your garden inside. Additionally, you will want a space that receives adequate sun, with at least five to six hours of direct light per day.
Next, you will need to choose plants that you are likely to use and that match your gardening abilities. Consider the types of flavors you enjoy and the potential ways you will use each plant. If you need suggestions, your local garden center is a perfect place to get advice from seasoned professionals about which herbs and spices would be best for you to grow.
Finally, as with any type of garden, you will need to be committed to the upkeep. Using good soil with enough room for drainage and root growth is key to maintaining healthy plants. You may regularly want to add fertilizer to ensure your herbs and spices are getting enough nutrients. And, of course, properly watering your plants once the soil becomes dry will keep them in the best condition possible.
To get started on a flavorful garden of your own, come visit our greenhouse and let us help you choose the best plants for your palette and abilities.
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