- Vertical Herb Gardens: 6 Fun Indoor Gardens to Liven Up Meals, Your Workout, and Happy Hour
Vertical Herb Gardens: 6 Fun Indoor Gardens to Liven Up Meals, Your Workout, and Happy Hour
on March 31, 2014
There is a huge list of benefits to growing an herb garden. The only problem is that many people do not have the space in their yard to grow a garden. In fact, many people don’t have a yard to begin with, especially those who live in the city. However, this shouldn’t keep you from experiencing the advantages of growing your own herb garden. Instead, grow a vertical herb garden on your porch, patio or even inside of your home or apartment! A vertical herb garden allows you to save space by growing your herbs vertically on a wall. The following are six ways that you can benefit from having a vertical herb garden:
- Culinary Use – If you spend any time at all cooking your own meals, then you know how useful herbs are in adding extra flavor to your food. So what herbs should you make sure to have? Rosemary is one of the best, since you can use it for soups, breads and meats. Tarragon is another fantastic option, especially if you like adding a pepper-like taste to your fish, meat and poultry. Other herbs that you should consider include basil, bay, chives, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, thyme and mint.
- Medicine – Many cultures have used herbs as medicinal treatments for thousands of years. There are a number of excellent medicinal herbs that you can grow. Chamomile will help to soothe your indigestion as well as ease tension and skin irritations. Prepare yourself for flue season by growing echinacea, which is known for boosting the immune system. For an herb that can act as an antiseptic for cuts and bruises, grow lavender. If you have issues with headaches, digestion and gas, grow some peppermint.
- Cocktails – Whether you like making yourself a drink after a hard day’s work or entertaining guests, odds are you have a few spirits sitting around the house and a couple of go-to cocktail recipes. What better way to spruce up your cocktail mixes than by infusing them with some of your homegrown herbs? Grow mint for your Mojitos, tarragon for your Bourbon Street Jumps, ginger for your Ginger Snap Martinis or lemongrass for your Lemongrass-Ginger infused tequila drinks.
- Herbal Teas – For anyone that enjoys tea, a vertical herb garden is a great thing to have. Depending on the herbs you grow, you can make teas that serve a number of different purposes. Drinking tea is a great way to wake up in the morning, wind down in the evening, soothe a sore throat or a stomach ache and more. Herbs that make excellent teas include chamomile, peppermint, lemon grass and lavender.
- Pets – That’s right, you can grow herbs just for your pets, such as catnip. Catnip is an easy to grow perennial that your cat will absolutely love. However, because its scent is somewhat of an acquired taste (often described as being a cross between skunk and peppermint), you may only want to grow this if your vertical garden is situated on your deck or porch.
- Workouts – Anyone that works out regularly will appreciate being able to grow wheat grass in their vertical herb garden. Wheat grass helps to cleanse the blood, colon, gastrointestinal tract and organs in addition to stimulating enzyme activity and the metabolism. It can even help individuals looking to lose weight, as it acts as an appetite suppressant!
As you can see, growing herbs provides a large number of benefits. Be sure to save space and increase the accessibility to your herbs by growing them in a vertical garden in your home!
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