Herbs in containers on a balcony (Urban Grow)

I like the messages on the “Urban Grow” weblog very much. I am particularly interested in container gardening for its application possibilities in the drylands to help the rural people to food with a minimum of water. These contributions on the way vegetables and herbs can be grown on balconies or windowsills, are encouraging people to start gardening in the most difficult circumstances, e.g. in desertlike areas. Thanks for the support. I like to see more on the results obtained, so that we can stimulate the poor people living in harsh conditions.



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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Why herbs on a balcony?

Balcony herbs
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Balcony herbs: Thyme, Purple Basil, Oregano, Lovage

Among many other uses, herbs have been very important part of culinary practice for ages and still are. The best way to add some real natural flavor to your food is to season it with some of your precious homegrown herbs. Most of culinary herbs are pretty easy to cultivate, so almost everybody can grow his/her own herb garden with minimum effort. The one thing these plants love is the sun, so make sure they have enough of it! And one more thing, herbs usually don’t require a lot of moisture, so there’s no need for every day watering. Balcony garden, container or a window box, it doesn’t matter, because there’s always a way to find some space for a couple of your favorite herbs.


Homegrown herbs are essential part of my cuisine and I can’t imagine some of my favorite meals without it. I use herbs to add to give some extra flavor and fragrance to my meals. They are very important part of my life and growing them myself gives me the pleasure of enjoying my own fresh herb every day. Of course, once the time comes they’ll be harvested, dried and stashed for winter. Use them to add their specific flavor to soups, sauces, stews, salads, teas, juices… Some recipes, soon!

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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