Growing your own herbs has many benefits. You’ll quickly learn just how great it is to grow your own herbs once you start reaping the rewards of your harvest. Most people who grow a few herbs never want to stop, and their herb gardens only seem to expand every year!
One major benefit of growing your own herbs is saving money. Fresh herbs can be ridiculously expensive, with a single small container of fresh herbs sometimes costing $ 3 to $ 5 in many supermarkets!
If you would like to make use of fresh herbs in your recipes, then growing your own from seed is the way to go. For less than 2 dollars you’ll get a large pack of seed and be able to grow lots of plants that will keep you in fresh herbs for a long time. If you’re already a home gardener, then you won’t need anything extra to grow your herbs. Even if you’re not, the cost of a few tools and some fertilizer will still save you money and you’ll only have to buy the tools once.
Herb gardening is also very relaxing. Many people find that it really helps them reduce stress and unwind. All types of gardening can relieve stress, but herb gardening combines the stress-relieving effects of gardening with the natural stress-relief of aromatherapy!
Of course there’s the advantage that herbs can be grown in containers or in very small areas if your space is limited. Containers are a good choice if you need to move them around to assist their growth. Speaking of growth, herbs don’t require much maintenance and tend to be very hardy as well as prolific.
You can also use herbs for their good looks, they’re attractive plants that can provide some nice accents to your garden. You can mass plant them along paths or around features in your garden to great effect and you still have the bonus of using them in your cooking as needed.
Your fresh herbs will come to the rescue of your family dinners, you’ll not hear the word “boring” from your kids again. Your meals will become the focal point of favorable comments and be looked forward to with relish.
Then there’s the extra nutritional value of fresh herbs. You now know how wonderful they make your meals taste, but did you know that many herbs contain minerals, vitamins and antioxidants vital to your health? So they don’t just taste good and look good, they’re also good for you!
An attractive herb garden can also increase the value of your home if you decide to sell it. A lot of people have always wanted to have their own garden, and having a lovely herb garden waiting for them could be a big selling point.
Very often the only way to taste the flavors of some exotic herbs is to grow your own. Your local grocery store is only likely to have the standard herbs at inflated prices and you won’t find some of the more unusual varieties. Sure you’ll find herbs like basil, mint or chives, but you won’t find fresh chervil, garlic chives or purple basil so easily.
There’s also the buzz you get when your friends and neighbors find out you’re growing fresh herbs and start asking if they can have some. A freshly potted herb makes a delightful gift that keeps on giving!