There are many benefits to growing your own countertop herb garden: health, physical, mental and financial to name a few. But perhaps the one which you will notice the most is the ease of snipping off a few needed herb sprigs or leaves that grow within arms reach for your everyday cooking.
Growing your own herbs at home on your countertop allows you to offer your family culinary delights without added pesticides or chemical fertilizers. You can control the soil conditions, the growing methods and ensure the healthiest solution to your family’s food. You know where your herbs have come from, who has managed them as they move from the kitchen countertop herb garden to your own pot, pan or dish. After all, what is the purpose of trying to cook once you add veggies or herbs that have been grown with dangerous pesticides or fertilizers?
Seasoned gardeners already know the mental and physical benefits of herb gardening also. It provides an outlet for anxiety with its relaxing and meditative qualities. Watching a seed undergo germination, to seedling to plant and cultivating and tending the process leaves a very rewarding and accomplished feeling. Getting your herb garden conveniently located in your countertop makes this process simpler.
Shopping for the new herbs you need for a new recipe can be hard. You can’t always find what you are searching for and might need to drive to two or more stores on your quest for herbs for one night’s dinner. When you have a number of the herbs you use the most and a few less popular ones for ‘sometimes’ growing right on your kitchen on your countertop herb garden you won’t need to worry about last minute shopping.
Another important advantage of developing your own countertop herb garden is the cost savings on your grocery bill. Fresh and dried herbs can be very costly. What if you just need a few tablespoons or a quarter cup of chopped parsley or basil? The bundles grocery stores sell their herbs in are often so big that the herbaceous plants wilt and go bad before you have the chance to use them up. If you shop organic to avoid using pesticides on fresh herbs, the prices are even higher. When you grow your own herbs and snip just the stalks or leaves you want and leave the plant to continue to grow and thrive you will always have the freshest herb possible for your food.
Utilizing fresh, organic herbs in your cooking supplies your family with several vitamins and nutrients that help the body’s metabolism and immune system. Herbs have many healing properties that aid the various body systems in becoming fitter and stronger.
With so many rewarding and beneficial reasons to cultivate your own herbs it makes sense to plant a countertop herb garden now. It is an inexpensive hobby and requires little time but pays off with many healthful, physical and financial rewards.
Ginny Greene is an herb garden enthusiast.