Urban Herb Gardens

A recent visit to NYC’s Peninsula hotel inspired me to write about my love of gardens, specifically, organic herb gardens. Growing your own herbs is a wonderful way to add hygge to your life. Culinary herbs can add much flavor to your cooking and also enhance the aesthetics of your dishes. Mild herbs can add a light flavor to your food and strong pungent herbs can add a nice punch to your taste buds.

As Fall and Winter approach, it is time to start thinking about moving your herbs inside as weather cools. But what if you live in the city and don’t have a gorgeous garden in your backyard and still want to enjoy fresh home-grown herbs this Fall and Winter?

Then having a year round, indoor urban garden is the way to go.

So where do you start?

The best way to start is by picking herbs that you know you will use. Chives, parsley, oregano, cilantro, basil, thyme, mint, and dill are some great herbs to try and grow at home in your urban garden.

You can start a garden from seeds or by buying starter plants (make sure they have never been grown outside before) from a farmer’s market or local nursery. Use a potting mix (not potting soil – mix is lighter and better suited for indoor herbs) to grow your herbs in breathable (individual) pots with drainage holes (use saucers underneath to catch excess water). Keep your herbs near a sunny place in your home. Windows facing south or southwest are ideal spots. Water them 2 to 3 times a week.

There are also innovative products available that are supposed to make growing an indoor urban herb garden easy and clean. I have done some research into these products but have not tried them myself – just yet. Click & Grow, Nthing’s Planty, Urbio, Niwa, and Grobo are 5 brands to explore.

The Peninsula’s Garden Rooftop has its own organic herb and produce garden. It is an elegant and chic spot for a special dinner. I am wearing a skirt by Cinq à Sept over a bodysuit by Majestic Filatures paired with a mini Lady Dior handbag and nude Louboutin heels.

 

 

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