There’s nothing quite like the wonderful smells and tastes added to a dish with fresh herbs- but not everyone has the time and space to grow their own herb garden. Don’t let modern living hold you back from adding gorgeous flavour to your dishes, however- Saragossa Game Reserve are here with all the tips and tricks you need to help you grow your own super-trendy micro herbs at home!
What is a ‘micro herb’, anyway?
Micro herbs represent an innovative new way to let people with limited space still indulge their culinary senses. They aren’t a special class of herb- they’re simply the tender sprouts of all your kitchen favourites. Remember growing bean sprouts on some damp cotton wool as a child? Micro herbs aren’t all that different from that. And they only need a few centimetres of your kitchen window ledge to enjoy!
Micro herbs offer the very best of a traditionally grown herb, but with the added sweetness and piquant taste you get from the sprouting stage. Think of them as tiny (but serious) punches of flavour you can add to anything you want. This means they’re the perfect accompaniment to almost any dish you can dream of- be it tender salad greens and spicy pepper notes in your favourite savouries, a classy touch of edible decor for your sweet treats and baking endeavours, or simply as a tangy way to pep up your morning smoothie. No matter what use you put them too, you’re sure to find yourself hooked- and growing them couldn’t be simpler. As an added bonus, they make fantastic kitchen decor, adding life and vibrancy to even the smallest space with minimal care requirements!
How do I grow micro herbs at home?
All you need to get started on your exciting micro herb journey is a shallow planter you can pop in a sunny spot in the home. While commercial planting systems exist, there’s no real need to spend hard earned cash on anything fancy… just opt for a pretty pot that suits your style. You can even reuse commercial packaging, or opt for long-lived bonsai pots. Set it up with some good drainage material at the base, followed by a high-quality potting soil layer. Good drainage is important to keep your herbs happy, so make sure not to skimp on this step.
Now it’s time to sow your seeds. While almost any herb can be grown as a micro herb, some woodier herbs (like rosemary) lend themselves to a longer growing time, so stick with firm favourites like:
- Most beans and legumes, including peas
Sow your seeds on the soil layer thickly- while you don’t need to spend your time measuring out the distance, a good rule of thumb is to leave only the thickness of the seed between each seed, so you should end up with a layer free of patchy empty areas but without seeds touching, either.
Cover them with a thin layer of soil, and you’re ready to go. Be sure to water your seeds daily to keep the soil moist, and soon you’ll see the sprouts forming. When you have a nice thick layer roughly 5-10cm high, they’ll be ready to harvest. A quick snip with the scissors is all that’s needed. Don’t forget to get your next batch started too!
Packed with nutrition, simple to grow and adorable to boot, there’s nothing better to spice up your dishes. Add a little Saragossa Game Reserve style to your home menu today with micro herbs.