Kitchen Herbs it’s Smarter to Grow Yourself

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Everytime I go to the grocery store in search of herbs like cilantro, basil, and so forth, I come home with a bunch and I use about an eighth of it. Then the rest sits in my refrigerator until it withers and becomes what I usually refer to as a “science experiment.” Needless to say, a lot of it goes to waste, which is not only sad but also not cost effective. Thankfully, if you have a kitchen window, herbs used often in cooking are actually pretty easy to grow yourself. It’s also a lot cheaper than buying them at the grocery store in the long run!

Start with a small potted plant from a farmer’s market or the hardware store. Provide natural lighting, good drainage, and regular watering to grow herbs you can use when you’re cooking meals. Most herbs are very simple and low-maintenance to grow, even in your apartment. If you want to increase the effectiveness of your window light, consider trying a greenhouse-style box, like one of these from IKEA.

In addition to being helpful when you need them for a meal, growing herbs can be good for improving air quality in apartments which sometimes feel stuffy or stale. Many herbs are also fragrant and make the air smell nicer.

Here are some of the herbs commonly used in cooking which you can easily grow in your kitchen window:

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Lemongrass

If you want additional information on growing herbs, check out this article here! Check out another little bit of inspiration for small-space gardening here, too.

Getting Those Pesky Weeds Out of Your Yard

Living in Gainesville, one thing you will be sure to find is nature.  Grass, trees, plants, bushes; we have it all and then some.  One part of nature that no one likes though, are weeds.  A quick, easy and natural way to get rid of those uninvited guests is to pour boiling water on them.  Fill up a kettle, bring it up to a nice, hot boil and pour that hot water directly on the weeds.  The scalding hot water will kill the weeds from the inside out without having any harmful effects on any nearby plants.  No need for harmful chemical killers now!

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How to give your balcony a little life

If your balcony is a bit bare, then a perfect way to give it a bit of life and put it to good use is to make your balcony your own, personal garden. Add a little spice to your life by growing your own peppers, next thing you know you’ll have your own Mexican restaurant going in no time. You can also grow your own herbs. You won’t believe how much different fresh, homegrown herbs taste compared to store bought ones. Your herbs will taste crisp and delightful while adding a perfect pop of color to any pasta dish.  If that doesn’t appeal to you, you can just plant an array of beautiful plants and flowers along your balcony. The colors will really brighten up the space and make your balcony a pleasure to use. No more drab balconies here!