Do you wish you could have fresh herbs all year round? A hydroponics system will allow you to do just that — and it will even enable you to do it without the mess of dirt. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in a liquid nutrient medium, without soil. It works really well all year long, and it's particularly a good choice for growing herbs at home. These four herbs, especially, do well in hydroponic gardens.
Basil is one of the best herbs to use in Italian cooking. If you have never used fresh basil, prepared to be amazed; it tastes so much better than the dried stuff. There are many different varieties of basil to choose from, but lemon basil and Thai sweet basil tend to do the best hydroponically. You can start basil in a hydroponic system by placing a cutting of a more mature basil plant into the solution. It will grow its own roots and develop into a full plant. This is much faster and easier than waiting for seeds to germinate.
Rosemary's needle-like leaves are an excellent seasoning for beef dishes. Rosemary is also used medicinally to treat problems such as heartburn and high blood pressure. It grows well hydroponically as long as you control the pH of your solution. Test the solution regularly, and keep it between pH 5.5 and 7.0. There are pH adjusting solutions you can add to your hydroponics system if the pH drifts out of the ideal range at any point.
This bright, fresh herb is an essential component of Mexican dishes and salsas. It is a great herb to grow hydroponically at home because it is not picky about temperature. It will grow as well in front of a drafty window as it will near a heat vent. It is, however, picky about humidity. It will grow mold if the air is too humid, so make sure you run a dehumidifier if you live in an area where the summer air is hot and sticky.
Dill is a bright, lemony herb that is great on fish and pork. You do have to grow it by seed, so germinate the seeds between some damp paper towels before placing them in your hydroponic growing system. Dill plants can get very tall, so leave plenty of space around your growing unit, and be sure to keep up with harvesting the dill.Share