We all know that Lagos and anything green don’t go hand in hand. No seriously, if you live in Lagos, how many trees do you see in a day? Think about it. While you do, if like me you like to cook at home and you find it hard to find fresh herbs, there’s a solution to that problem. Here are a few ways to grow herbs out of your own kitchen, even in a concrete jungle like Lagos.
Ed Note: my mum started doing this last year and I am lowkey jealous. She has tomatoes, mint leaves and now plans to grow others
This might be the easiest part; I won’t lie. You’d have to figure out what plants you want to nurture. I would say you should pick a herb or vegetable you use often or is a personal favourite. There are a few herbs that are easy to care for and can be frequently harvested. Basil, Oregano, Thyme, and flat-leaved Parsley are a few examples of such herbs.
Like all living things, for your plants to thrive, they need to have a good home. Choosing a pot is just as important as finding a source of sunlight. Clay, resin, metal, and wooden pots are all good for drainage, which is important. These kinds of pots often have holes drilled into the bottom, to ensure drainage of excess water.
Soil is as different and diverse as people are. Potting soil differs from garden soil, so it’s better to speak to a gardener or expert, to make sure you get soil for optimal plant growth.
Sunlight is arguably one of the most important factors when considering how to keep plants. Find the best spot that receives a lot of sunlight in your kitchen, preferably one close to a source of water as well. A great spot might be in front of a window.
After you have successfully planted your herbs in their pots with the right soil, it is important to be aware of the amount of water and general care they need. Some plants can do quite well without being watered every day, but some need more attention than others. Find out what makes them grow and treat accordingly.
Do you have potted herbs in your home? Share additional tips on how to care for them!