With all the deadlines and stress that can come from university, it’s important for students to find ways to relax, unwind, and connect with nature, especially living close to a city. One fantastic way to achieve this is by growing your own herbs. During lockdown, I lived alone for a short time, and I needed something to take my mind off everything. Growing herbs was great as it helped me get into a routine because I was looking after something that wasn’t me. This is how I did it!
So, you’re going to need some supplies. These can be found at any shop with a gardening section. To save money it might be helpful to buy all these slowly instead of all at once.
- Terracotta pots – the shape and size of these are ideal as they’re compact and have drainage holes for access water to come out.
- Compost/ soil- This is for your herbs to grow in. There can be all types to choose from. If you’re just a beginner, the quality of the soil doesn’t really matter just buy whatever is in your price range.
- Seeds- Whichever ones you want.
Once you have all of these take your soil and fill the pots halfway. Then place your seeds in the soil and try to spread them out as if they’re too close together their roots may become entangled. Then tuck your little seeds in with another layer of soil.
The ideal place to put your pots is under a south-facing window. This is where your plants will get the most sun, your phone will most likely have a compass app so that you can see where this is. If you don’t have access to a window like this, just put them wherever you can.
When it comes to watering, balance is important. A general rule I found useful when you’re unsure is, to place your finger a centimetre into the soil to see if they need some water. If the soil is damp, you can leave it for a day but if the soil is bone dry, they need some refreshments.
Remember plants are kind of like people, they all need different things depending on their environment. The more practice you have the more you’ll get to know what they need. Not only does it bring a touch of greenery to your living space, but it also provides you with fresh, flavourful ingredients for cooking and a rewarding sense of accomplishment.