Mamma mia! Can you believe fall is already around the corner? With temperatures almost out of the 100º's, the season for growing herbs and veggies is nearly upon us. Hoorah! Not only are we lucky to be able to grow our gardens well into the fall, but the great weather also gives us a reason to host friends and family over for dinner. And what's better than growing your own food? Sharing it with friends! To celebrate the end of summer, we have a three-part 'Grow Your Own' series coming your way. Each post will highlight a new way to grow your own food. First up - growing pizza toppings in a windowsill herb garden!
Windowsill herb gardens are perfect for beginners and experts alike, with a little room to spare. They are a perfect low-maintenance option and are great for chefs looking to add fresh herbs to any recipe. Be sure your windowsill is receiving an ample amount of light, as this is vital to the growing process. If you live in a home that doesn’t receive much light - not to worry. This is a common problem Phoenicians face, as many of our homes are designed to reduce the amount of sunlight that peeks inside (so it doesn’t feel like we’re melting all the time). We will cover how grow lights can help you overcome this problem in an upcoming blog post, so stay tuned.
For your windowsill garden, we recommend annual herbs such as oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. By only trimming pieces off here and there for your recipes, the plant will be able to refill and grow back those spaces much quicker than if you chopped off the entire plant. For this project, we recommend having each of your herbs individually potted in containers that fit in your windowsill. This will allow you to give each plant the specialized care it needs. We also recommend using containers with drainage holes, and placing a waterproof saucer below the plant. You have a few options in terms of starting your garden. For planting, we recommend using our potting mix, and placing an inch or so of perlite at the bottom of each container to ensure proper drainage. From there, you can pot your plant and give it a good soak. You can choose to plant a seedling, seed, or full-grown plant in your garden. Just keep in mind that seeds and seedlings will take much longer for the initial “harvest”, where-as with a full-grown plant you will be able to enjoy it right away!
There are a seemingly endless amount of toppings one can place on top of a great slice of pizza (the controversial pineapple included) and - similar to pizza toppings - there are so many different ways to grow your own food. Stay tuned for Part 2 and 3 to learn more ways to "Grow Your Own" cocktails and salsa. If you would like to learn all about herb and vegetable gardening this season, click here to register for our September 29th class. To keep up to date with all things Dig It, be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram for event updates, sales, and more.