Plants are a great way to add positive energy to any space. An indoor kitchen herb garden is a great way to keep a nostalgic piece of summer all year around. Your kitchen concept can be customised to feature a kitchen garden. If lighting and space is appropriately utilised a successful indoor herb garden can be cultivated in your kitchen. Your kitchen can have a designated area for herbs all year round.
5 Best plants to grow in your kitchen
Selecting indoor herbs can be tricky, your choice should take into consideration where you would like to have your herb garden, how much light and water it needs, the optimum temperature needed for its growth and most importantly how much time you can dedicate to taking care of the plants. Some plants are lower maintenance than others. Another thing to consider is which herbs would you use most frequently in your cooking? Below are 5 of our favourite hardy varieties of herbs to grow indoors.
- Mint (Mentha spicata): great in teas and sorbets. This is a perennial plant so it will continue to come back year after year.
Maintenance: low, moist soil
Sun needs: plenty of sun
- Chives (Allium schoenoprasum): Hardy perennial herb that is onion flavoured. It is perfect for garnishes, scrambled eggs, and salads.
Sun needs: 4-5 hours of sun per day
- Parsley (Petroselinum crispum): This hardy biennial is great in Middle Eastern cooking and other garnishing
Maintenance: likes to be well watered, especially in dry weather
Sun needs: can live in partial-shade but prefers ample sunlight
- Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis): This evergreen shrub is credited with having medicinal proprieties in old traditional medicine. These days it is used in roast meats, stuffing and other hearty meat dishes. This makes a great oil infusing ingredient.
Maintenance: very low maintenance plant that is drought and pest resistant
Sun needs: sunny spot
- Sage (Salvia officinalis): This evergreen herb has intense flavour with a hint of pepper taste. It is a source of potassium and vitamin C. It grows all year round and is great in many dishes.
Maintenance: very low maintenance plant, keep it well drained
Sun needs: thrives in sunny spots
How to accommodate plants into the design of the kitchen
Light is an important factor to consider when growing plants indoors. Light is a requirement for plants to photosynthesise. The health of your plant is dependent on how much light they need and how much light they are getting. Most people keep plants facing a south/east facing window with plenty of light coming in. However, this may not be an option for some. A solution to this is installing skylights or creating a plant station with artificial cultivation lighting.
Plants are all not the same; different plants need different amounts of light and water. Whilst some plants thrive in shaded areas, others wilt. It is important to consider the care needs of a plant when choosing to grow it in your kitchen. Another thing to consider is the potting medium, traditional soil is the most common, however new research as led to a shift towards aquaponics and hydrophonic farming. Hydroponic farming has proven to produce higher yields, when compared to soil. This is in part due to it being much easier to dose nutrients with hydrophonics. However, these soil-free methods of farming would be initially costly to install when compared with soil.
Accommodating nature into your home is great decision, however it needs to be one that should be approached carefully. Random pots of plants can ruin the seamless design of your kitchen, and faulty installation of plant cultivating stations can ruin your kitchen. At Thomas Kitchen we provide professional, efficient and friendly kitchen design, supply and installation service. We provide an expert liveDesign session where we collaborate with you to create the perfect kitchen proposal. If an indoor herb garden is what you wish, here at Kensington Scott we can make it happen. Book an appointment today to make your dream kitchen come true.