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Not everyone has a garden where to make a nice garden, but why not give up flavoring their dishes with basil, mint, thyme and all the other aromatic herbs that we like so much?

 

Here's how to do it.

 

Take the plants that interest you in a nursery already ready for transplanting, sowing them directly would make everything a bit 'more complicated, especially if you are a beginner. Put them in a vase with a diameter of at least 12 centimeters adding some new and richer soil, after which it will be enough to pay attention and follow some precautions depending on the type of plant (if the pot does not have holes to drain water, practice them and cover them with a layer of gravel).

 

Do not place them near the stove or direct heat sources. If possible, use pottery pots and choose one for each type of aromatic herb: each competes with the other for water and space, separating them makes them grow healthy.

 

Basil - Buy it in May and June, it will last until October. It is a plant that loves the sun but the temperatures should not be too hot. It needs always moist soil so it should be watered regularly (but do not drown it!). If you cut the flowers at the ends, new leaves will form.

 

Mint - It has no special requirements, you can leave it in the sun or in a less illuminated area (certainly not in the dark). It grows better and faster in a humid area, even the soil should never be dry but not constantly wet. Suffer from the cold so keep it at home during the winter months!

 

Chive - Transfer it in a pot after the summer, light is the key element to make it grow well.

 

Oregano - It needs a very sunny position. It should be watered a little but often.

 

Rosemary - Put it in a sunny place and go slowly with watering, especially in winter.

 

When to water? A plant needs to have a soil always moist, the surface should never be dry (the soil tends to detach from the walls and has a dusty appearance).

 

The clay pot can help you understand when it is or is not the time to give water to plants. If the color of the vase is darker and to the touch is almost slimy, the plant does not need more water, while if the color is clear and porous to the touch, arm yourself with watering can. In cold seasons, when an excess of water is administered, the whole plant could rot: the cold climate and the poor lighting, hinder both the growth and the consumption of water, due to the low evaporation that instead in summer it is clearly much faster, which would create a damaging stagnation effect.

  • 27/08/2018