Aromatics at home
Easy and indispensable plants
For thousands of years the aromatic herbs have been used for their healing properties, later, its use became very common in the culinary flavoring.
All aromatics can be grown at home, provided the conditions are right.
Most are of the small size so they require very little space for their cultivation, they will be perfect both in a corner of the garden, terrace or balcony whenever it is sunny.
Of course the sill of a window is an unbeatable location, especially if it faces south.
Another inherent characteristic of these plants is the condition of covering their entire environment in an enveloping range of extremely delicious aromas.
It is worth spending a few pots to grow various aromatic herbs as they will give us the opportunity to have fresh herbs at any time to flavor any dish.
Among the most common aromatics are basil, parsley, coriander, mint, oregano, rosemary, thyme, savory, dill, bay leaf, tarragon, fennel, sage, cumin, marjoram, mint, etc.
All these plants enjoy an unquestionable rusticity, with very basic needs, so they do not present any difficulty in what relates to their cultivation.
The vast majority of aromatics are sensitive to excess irrigation; tolerate a certain drought better than the slower prolonged ponding, except mint and parsley that need more moisture.
They grow quickly, that’s why it’s so important to control their size; to keep them small and compact, nothing better than popping or pruning frequently, and use the discarded to cook.
When it is time to grow them, it is better to plant them in isolation; the aromatic ones compete with each other for water and space.
In fact, in some cases, the roots emit toxic substances for other plants to avoid competition. Each plant in its pot.
The use of planters is advisable provided that the aromatic herbs are compatible with each other, for example, thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano …
The visual effect is absolutely rural if we use clay pots as a decorative element to accommodate them. The clay is a porous material, which offers the containers great stability and masterly harmonizes with these vigorous plants.
Pests are not usually a concern because many of these plants have the peculiarity of keeping them away.
Neither have to be aware of the subscriber, nor follow strict guidelines, just do it from time to time, and, better to stay short than spend. It is preferable to use a proper fertilizer for these plants, but being stingy in their use.
The idea is to make use of the herbs when they are fresh and to chop them just before they are going to be used.
All these herbs can be renewed each season with cuttings or seeds with great ease so that we will always have new and fresh plants.