North facing kitchen herbs
How to grow north facing kitchen herbs
If (like me) your kitchen gets very little sunlight then it’s very easy to grow your favourite herbs using artificial light.
The herbs I grow are Rosemary, French Tarragon, Oregano and Thyme – simply taste so much better when fresh and will grow very fast.
To grow your own north facing kitchen herbs all you need are:
- A pot with soil,
- herbs (I used plug plants for these),
- shelves and
- growing light bars (more details)
The shelves & light bars
The first stage is to get some shelves (I used some very cheap plastic ones from my local DIY shop). At some stage will replace them with nicer ones but they work just fine
Then all you do is suspend the light bars below each shelf and connect to a power source. I bought the ones in the picture from Amazon.
I use a timer on mine and the light is on from 6 am to 8 pm – a nice long summers day 🙂
The pots & soil
You could use basic round plastic plant pots – I just prefer a different shape pot. Bought some plastic kitchen container and spray painted them black. Just as cheap but think they look nicers.
The soil is very important – especially for herbs like French Tarragon. I use a blend of basic growing soil and specialist herb growing soil.
Growing herbs from seed is by far and away the cheapest option. But plug plants work a lot quicker.
The type of herbs you grow will depend on your favourite food – for example I use Rosemary a lot, and will probably end up growing another.