Over the past weekend, we conducted a mini workshop at Ode to Organics to share with our lovely participants on how to grow and take care of their own indoor herb garden.
Having your own little garden at home is such a wonderful thing, and most people would love one but are intimidated. Intimidated by the worry that they don't have green thumbs or by the perception of the sheer amount of work required.
We wanted to share how easy it is to setup your own home garden and to maintain it. All it takes is some basic knowledge and a little bit of time and effort.
When deciding what kind of garden to grow, the first thing you need to do is to understand your living space. Regardless of how big or small your living space is, there will be a suitable type of home garden for you.
Of course, we at Plantui are naturally in the Hydroponics camp.
The R&D team behind Plantui are scientists and plant geeks at heart. We believe that we the taste and nutritional value of the plant can be vastly improved by simply tweaking the factors such as light spectrums and by providing the plants with the optimal growing conditions. This, of course, is done achieved by indoor hydroponics.
Sure, there are people who are in the Soil-based gardening camp, which also has its merits. It ultimately boils down to your environment, how much space you have and what type of plants you intend to grow. Hydroponics provides a quicker and better yields than traditional agriculture, soil-based farming is still necessary for root vegetables such as potatoes and carrots.
Our participants shared the various reasons behind their desire for an indoor herb garden, which mostly revolved around the fact that herbs are expensive in Singapore and it is inconvenient to head to the supermarket to buy a big pack of herbs when all you need is a little bit for cooking and garnishing.
The great thing about growing your own herbs is that you have a steady supply of herbs at your disposal. And sometimes you have so much in abundance, you end up racking your brains on how to use them!
So we shared creative ways to use herbs and methods of preserving excess herbs for future cooking endeavours!
First and foremost, don't be afraid to harvest generously! As soon as the herbs have grown enough leaves to be pinched without affecting their growth, you can begin using them.
Plants generally grow thicker and better with a little bit of pruning!
Here's our simple go-to recipe for amazing pesto!
- 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup roasted pine nuts (Substitute with walnuts, almonds, pistachio, cashew, macadamia)
- 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese(Substitute with Parmesan cheese)
1.Combine the basil, garlic, and nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
2.Add remaining oil and pulse until smooth.
3.Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.
Everyone went home with full stomachs and new ideas for growing their own garden!
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