Taking Care Of Your Herbs Correctly

pouring-soil-in-a-potNow that you have decided to plant herbs in your garden, you will need to take care of them so that they thrive. I will share with you some tips I use in taking care of my herbs.


Ensure you buy a container that has room for growth with enough drainage holes. Also place a tray underneath your pot so that it can collect any excess water.
• Begin with premium organic potting soil. It should be appropriate for vegetable planting. Get some of your favorite herbs.
• Fill the pot with enough soil (three quarters should be enough).
• Pour some water on the soil. Just a little amount so that the soil is moist but not wet
• Transplant the herbs from their containers carefully so that you do not damage the roots. Loosen the soil at the root base
• Space out the herbs evenly in the pot. Fill potting soil so that the roots are well covered
• Lightly pat the soil and water when finished.
NOTE: Mint often grows like weed and can thus easily crowd other herbs in your garden. Therefore, it’s wise to plant it in its own container.

Enough Light

Light is a vital element especially when you decide to grow your herbs indoors. Look for a spot in your house that gets some direct sunlight for at least 6 to 8 hours every day. If you realize that your herbs have few leaves, then they are probably not getting the right amount of light and are struggling to find it.
Always turn around frequently so that they do not germinate leaning in one direction.


Herbs have different water needs. Each should be watered according to its individual consumption of water. To check whether your herb needs water, deep your finger up to the knuckle into the soil to check for dryness. If the soil does not have water, then water your herbs. Always test your herbs before watering to avoid overwatering.

Proper drainage is also important, so do not allow water to collect in the pots bottom. Water your herbs and then allow them to drain completely so that the roots do not become water logged. When you notice your roots are turning yellow, then this is a sign that you are overwatering your herbs.
It’s wise to plant herbs that have similar water requirements together. For instance, basil requires frequent watering while rosemary needs minimal water to survive.

Other Tips

Clipping your herbs regularly ensures they grow healthy and faster. Even small plants need to be clipped so that they can branch out and grow fast. However, do not cut more than a third off at the same time. If you realize that your herbs have started flowering, this is a clear sign that you are not clipping then as often as you should. Cut the flower blooms and clip back as needed.
Growing your own herbs is such a rewarding experience that doesn’t require any expertise to be successful. And the convenience of just plucking the herb you need when cooking is just awesome. They will add a breath of fresh air and beauty that will surely trigger some creativity when it comes to cooking.

7 Best Herbs For Every Home Garden

herbsThe fresh taste of rosemary sprinkled on your soup, the fresh aroma in your cup of morning tea brewed with ginger and the tasty chicken stuffed with sage are some of the few reasons you should always have a home garden with some fresh herbs.
If you would like to plant some herbs in your garden or apartment, here are some of my favorite herbs and how to plant them that I think every serious home gardener should have.


Basil has warm leaves that will leave a spicy flavor in any of your meals. It’s used in salads, omelets, soups and with poultry, fish and meat. It’s also used in pesto. Sow the seeds in a green house or next to a sunny window during early spring. In early summer, the seedlings should be ready for transplanting. Alternatively, you can sow the seeds directly into the garden in late spring.


Chives leaves contain a subtle onion flavor. Simply chop them and add them to your mashed potatoes, sauces, eggs and sauces. The flowers can also be used in salads. The seeds are best sowed in spring or fall. When the seedlings start to sprout out, thin as needed.


Coriander can be used in different forms; you can crush the seeds and dust over ham before cooking. The young leaves are known as cilantro. The roots can also be frozen and used in flavoring soup or serve with avocado dips. Seeds should be sowed in early spring. When they start to germinate, thin to about 6 inches apart.


Chopped thyme leaves (fresh or dried) are rubbed into lamb, pork, veal or beef prior to roasting. It can also be sprinkled on vegetables, poultry, eggs, cheese dishes or fish. Great when added to stews, rice, soups and stuffing. Combine it with mint, rosemary and brew into tea. Seeds should be sowed in mid-spring in very shallow rows which are 1 foot apart. When the seedlings are established, thin out as needed. Transfer to your nursery in early spring.


Parsley leaves are mixed into casseroles, soups, salads and omelets. They are also served while fresh as a garnish with onions, meat and fish dishes. Seeds should be sowed in mid-spring for summer harvests and mid-summer for winter and autumn cuttings. Simply soak the seeds overnight and broadcast thinly.


Sage dried leaves are used in stuffing poultry. They can also be used in pork, lamb, omelets and cheese dishes. They are grown from seeds that were sown in the early spring.


Mint leaves are brewed into tea or used in garnishing cold drinks. Fresh or dried mint leaves can also be sprinkled over lamb before it’s cooked. Plant your mint in spring or autumn 4 to 6 inches of root. Nourish them with enough water. Ensure the roots do not overtake the nearby plant roots by sinking a bottomless plastic bucket into your garden.

Fresh herbs in our backyards bring fresh scents and great looks to our homes. The best thing is that if you live in an apartment, you too can enjoy the benefits of fresh herbs by having several pots indoors to enhance your food flavors all year round.

How To Become A Better Cook

You already know where I got my love for the kitchen from. Not only do I love the kitchen, I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes when I have some time to spare. Most of my cooking is on weekends when my kids can help me out with some work like chopping vegetables. I have lots of cookbooks in my kitchen and I think I have tried most if not all the recipes in there. Anytime I come across a recipe, I make a point of trying it and I actually do.

nice meal
Today, I’ll share with you how to become a better cook and improve your cooking skills. The first step in becoming a great cook is reading lots of cookbooks. Get yourself a cookbook that covers different cuisines and gives information on supplies and techniques used.
If there is a specific area which you want to specialize in, then get a cook book that covers that area. I have a few books of my favorite cookbook mainly for the California culture because it’s diverse and I can easily get the ingredients I’m looking for fairly easily.


This is how I first learned and even sharpened my cooking skills. I watched my mom and aunties as they cooked. Now there are even other better ways of learning to cook by watching such as watching online videos. By watching a video, your first attempt to cook can be a lot easier and successful.

Do not be afraid to experiment

I love trying new recipes. Sometimes I just add a little twist to an old favorite. At other times I get the a bit pricier balsamic vinegar rather than the cheaper one and it makes such a difference. Becoming a better cook means rolling up your sleeves and doing all the dirty work in the kitchen. It may be wise to invest in some good bib styled aprons. This way you will not have your clothes stained as you cook.

Have a back up plan always

Not all kitchen experiments will turn out into anything edible. Believe me; I have been there so many times. I have been accused enough times of serving raw, burned or bad food!
When trying out a new recipe, ensure you have something else edible in the freezer for those occasions when the experiments go horribly wrong. I usually keep some boiled rice and salads in the freezer for such days when my experiments backfire. That way, my family does not have to starve because I was trying some new recipe.

Things You Can Recycle In Your Kitchen

aluminum cans and plastic bottlesGrowing up, I spend lots of my time helping my mom in the kitchen. I guess this is where I learned and loved everything to do with the kitchen. Yes, I love the kitchen and can spend endless hours there trying to figure out some ways to make it better.
One thing I know is that the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home. Therefore, chances of it producing the highest amount of waste in the home are so high. I have noticed while cooking, I use so many items and some need to be disposed. Well, sometimes I know they can be recycled, but I feel too lazy and end up destroying them. Today I’m going to share with you some items that end up in the trash bins while they could have been recycled.

Aluminum cans

My family does consume lots of soda and I get so many cans dumped in my kitchen. Rather than throw them away with garbage, I usually recycle them. In my town, there are several drop-off locations for such cans. I carry them along when I’m going out shopping for my kitchen groceries and drop them off for recycling. There are also other areas where you can get to recycle your cans for a refund. So you receive money while conserving the environment at the same time. Awesome!

Cardboard boxes

After you have finished a box of cereal, do not just throw the packaging. I use this packaging for my kid’s crafts and school projects. They can make great art and craft items for your kids. If you want to store some small stuff in your house, then such a box can be ideal.

Food Scraps

I live in a city where there are services for curbside collection for food waste. All I have to do is drop my food scraps in the curbside collection bin. Still, if your city does not have curbside collection for food scraps, you can composite on your own. Do some research and you will find all the information you need to know.

Aluminum foil

Do you think that the piece of aluminum foil that you wrap your burger with is just for one use? If yes, then think again. Aluminum foil can be reused in so many ways. Rather than throwing it in the dust bin right after a single use, I use it to cover a plate with left over’s. When I have finally used it completely, I drop it in the recycling bin outside. A lot of curbside recycling programs will agree to take aluminum foil since they also agree to take aluminum cans.

Milk cartons

Do you still buy milk cartons? Then you need to recycle your milk cartons. Cartons are picked by curbside recycling programs and thus kept from landfills. Cartons recycling in the US has significantly increased by over 128%.
Recycling in the kitchen has helped me save money and also save the environment. There are plenty of other things that can be recycled in your kitchen if you look around carefully.