The growing spices for your cuisine start with the seeds of the aromatic plants. These can be mung beans, red chilies, ginger, garlic and cumin. Once you have them, you have to start the process of planting and growing these. Growing herbs is easy if you are prepared with the tools needed for this purpose and some patience. It is also important that you know how to plant and grow these because the culinary arts need these seeds and the flavor of these must complement the other foods you will prepare.
Many beginners are discouraged when it comes to growing herbs and spices because they do not have a proper guide or system on how to do so. If you are also a beginner, the first thing you need to do is to find a good book that will help you in your quest for culinary knowledge. There are lots of such books in the market and you should choose one that has step by step instructional plan about growing herbs.
It is also helpful to learn from your mother – if she is already an experienced cook and knows a lot about growing herbs, then you should listen to her. She will give you some insights about the type of herbs that you should plant and the size of the garden you should have in order for you to be able to harvest the right amount of herbs every time. Other useful tips that your mom may share are about the growing herbs and spices that are ideal for your climate and the season that they are available.
Among the herbs and spices you will plant and grow are cilantro, coriander, oregano, fennel, ginger, garlic, Rosemary, thyme, Turmeric, ginger root and fenugreek. Among these, cilantro and coriander are the best known for their strong aroma and flavors. When it comes to growing coriander and fennel, however, the best seasons for planting these are spring and autumn since they are perennial. The other main ingredient in these plants is the garlic, which is very handy because it can survive rough weather conditions as well as droughts.
Cumin is the most popular spice that people love and grow because of its aroma. However, many spices have very similar smells but when it comes to taste, some spices are more pungent than the others. This is the reason why you need to know the different varieties of spiciness levels of each type of spice that you plant in your garden. Some of the main spices that come from the cactus family include Cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, fennel and turmeric.
Fenugreek is a spice that is often grown in India because it grows easily and can be harvested in the cool season. The cool season is from November to February in India and some places around the world. If you are living in an area where the summers are too hot for growing fenugreek, you can just grow fenugreek in a pot indoors during the summer. Just remember that if you have fenugreek in your garden, do not water them too much during the summer season.
You can also enjoy growing your own spices in your home vegetable garden. This is the time to enjoy the aromatic and flavorful seeds. You can start planting the seeds in peat pots indoors during late summer and early fall for optimal growth. Once they are about 3 inches tall, you can then transfer them outdoors. Keep in mind that perennial seeds should be planted in peat pots instead of planting them in traditional garden soil for the best results.
When you are planting annuals or perennials, you do not have to worry about replanting. Just take them outside every few years to replace the bulbs that have burned down. However, you should only do this with Cayenne pepper because Cayenne pepper is a blossom plant and will burn up as soon as it is watered. For the best results, do not over water. Instead, water them once a month even when the soil is still damp. If you follow these simple guidelines, you will have an abundant garden that will reward you each year with the wonderful aroma of your choice of spices.