AROMATIC HERBS: THE GREEN CORNER ON YOUR BALCONY

Easy to grow, they give your balcony a lush look and enrich your dishes with a personal touch! Spring is the right time to create your own personal vegetable garden!

AROMATIC HERBS: THE GREEN CORNER ON YOUR BALCONY

Choosing aromatic herbs for your balcony garden is certainly a smart solution even for those who do not have a green thumb: they decorate your surroundings, spread a nice aroma throughout the area, and do not really take that much time and effort! Plus, each has its specific properties, but all are a healthy alternative to salt to flavour your dishes. Spring is the best moment to choose, plant or transplant aromatic herbs on your balcony. These are some that are as beautiful as they are easy to grow, to create your special green corner!
 

LAUREL OAK

Laurel is an evergreen, a very resistant plant that can tolerate different climates. It prefers moderately warm temperatures, so place your plant in a sunny corner. Use its scented leafs to enrich meat and fish, or to enhance the flavor of vegetables! Furthermore Laurel is a natural mosquito repellent! 

SOIL AND WATERING
Choose a tall and deep pot, as laurel tends to grow a lot and quickly! Any soil is suitable for laurel, but for the pot cultivation, we recommend an organic soil. Like most aromatic plants, laurel does not tolerate water stagnation:  arrange some drainage material at the bottom of your pot (expanded clay, small rocks, etc.).Laurel does not need large amounts of water to survive and should be abundantly watered only every 2-3 weeks.

 

MINT

Mint also adapts easily to all types of climates. Mint grows well both in shaded areas and in direct sunlight (in this case, water it more often!) It is better not to plant the mint along with other aromatic herbs because, having a weed nature, it would compromise the survival of the others. Mint is perfect for flavoring vegetables, especially aubergines and zucchini, or to add to infusions. To prepare an easy and great infused water just add mint leaves and slices of lemon to water and leave overnight for the perfect infusion.

SOIL AND WATERING
Use a rich soil, choose a terracotta pot with a diameter of 40-45 cm, big enough to grow the plant until it reaches an adult size. Water your mint plant regularly, increasing the amount of water during hot seasons. Never exaggerate because humidity stagnation increase the possibility of diseases. Do not wet the leaves, and allow the soil to dry before watering again!

BASIL  

A symbol of Mediterranean cuisine and tradition! Basil is luxuriant during summer. It must be placed in partial shade: it loves spending a few hours in the sun, but not in the hottest hours of the day because direct contact with rays can burn it. Use fresh basil to flavor salads, bruschette, and tomatoes! Furthermore, clean and smashed, basil has antibacterial properties on wounds!

SOIL AND WATERING
Put your basil plant in a medium sized terracotta pot, choosing a light, rich soil. Water it almost daily, preferably in the morning or at sunset, taking care that the soil is neither too dry nor too wet.
 

SAGE

Choose a sunny corner for your sage plant: it's an evergreen that loves sun and warmth! Good with everything, even crushed with olive oil to flavor white rice! Rubbed on teeth, sage has a whitening action, and it is also gives you nice, fresh breath.

SOIL AND WATERING
Choose a medium size terracotta pot with holes on the bottom: like other aromatic herbs, sage is not compatible with water stagnation. The right soil is well drained, light and rich. Sage does not need much water but it must be constantly watered. The "litmus test" is always the soil: when it is too dry and crumbly, it is time to water your sage again!

 

THYME

Thyme also loves the sun, does not tolerate cold temperatures, and is a plant that requires a lot of light to grow! Season legumes and soups with your thyme, especially onion or leek soup!

SOIL AND WATERING
In your terracotta pot, place a rich and well-drained soil. Thyme loves slightly dry soils and must be watered in small doses depending on the seasons: in the spring and fall sporadically; more often in the summer.