Gardening can be as complex or as easy as you want it to be. Last year in March, my roommate and I started to grow our own herbs on our window sill because our New York condo doesn’t have enough space for a full-fledged garden, or you can start a communal garden on the rooftop with your neighbors. However, there are a lot of myths and rumors online about herb gardens, and we need to debunk this because it’s rather cheap and straightforward to have your own herb garden. It is also a great way to bring colors to your plate and is an excellent way to distract yourself during these trying times we are living in. So, without further ado, let’s debunk some of the most popular myths about herb gardens.
#Myth 1- Plants need to be watered every day
Watering is specific to the plant, space, and care you are giving them. A general rule of thumb is that plants want moisture more than they want water, so you don’t need to drown them in water. It is essential to know that you are washing away nutrients each time you water them. Your goal should be to keep the soil moist, and if you find that the soil is still damp, then there is no need to water it again. If your plants are in direct sunlight, then the water will dry out quickly, and one quick fix for this is to add mulch on top of the soil, which will help it retain the moisture. If you overwater your plants, this could lead to their roots rotting and may lead to pests. And too little water will kill them quickly, and something this will happen without even you knowing it.
#Myth 2– You can only grow plants in your home garden if you have a balcony or backyard
Fun fact, you can grow plants anywhere you want; you just have to pick the right corner of your home to do it. The most important thing you need to understand is space and how much light that space is getting. Some plants require daily care and watering but taking care of herbs is pretty relaxed, and you just have to check on them once in a while to see if they are thriving in their environment. I grow up my herbs on my kitchen window sill because it is the only place in our apartment that receives sufficient sunlight, and it’s convent to have them near or in the kitchen. Healthy soil is important to take care of your herb and will allow you to grow your herbs in small and restricted areas. One small tip, don’t put your plant in a hard-to-reach place as this will make it difficult to check up and water them.
#Myth 3- Herbs are hard to grow
Micro-greens are easy plants to grow and don’t need much space and light to thrive and flourish. Lemon-grass is also easy to grow but needs a bit more sunlight than other herbs. You can do this on your window sill or in your backyard garden. You can grow them in small pots and have herbs to garnish your dishes.
Because we live in the age of technology, it is important to remind people that not everything that they read or see online is real, and they need to use their critical minds to filter the truth from the fake. If something sounds too real to be true, then it might be fake, and do your due diligence before you start to believe something and crosscheck your reference. But, let’s be honest, not everyone will crosscheck an article they read online, and this is how rumors are perpetuated. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us some of the myths you used to believe.