Aromatic herbs at home

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Landuum invites you to plant an aromatic herbs garden on floating shelves; they are aesthetic and easy to install.

AROMATIC HERBS

Aromatic herbs are those that generate a pleasant smell, either mild or intense.

Home growing these herbs has become a common practice because, besides aromatizing the environment and being easy to reproduce (as long as they have good lighting and a good degree of humidity), they have the property of flavoring or dressing food when used as condiment in cooking meals. 

In addition, several species have medicinal properties.

Here are five reasons why to plant aromatic herbs at home:

  • Price. Having at hand cilantro, rosemary, epazote, or chives will prevent you spending on buying them in market stores.
  • Time-saver. It will save you time and going to the supermarket or local market to acquire them.
  • Decor. They will bring a fresh, welcoming and natural touch to your living room, kitchen or the place where you put them.
  • Healthier. When growing them at home you will be certain that they are free of contaminants and pesticides.
  • Insect repellent. Aromatic herbs such as basil to repel insects like flies and mosquitoes.

Moreover, the incomparable taste of natural ingredients freshly harvested and the personal satisfaction that involves knowing that you have cultivated the plant yourself, is priceless. Fresher, impossible!

TIPS

The place you choose for your floating garden of aromatic plants must have good sunlight and proper drainage.

Daily care helps keep them healthy. Regular pruning of these plants is necessary to promote flowering, which is where the aroma is.

As the soil is naturally compacted by the impact of water, it is important to loosen the soil to aerate it.

To prevent diseases in the substrate you can use chamomile tea leaves spreading them around the pots. You can also plant cloves of garlic in the pot, as this is a natural repellent against ants and other pests.

Some of the materials used to make this project. Photography: Luisi Icaza

MATERIALS

  • 3 floating wooden shelves.
  • A drill.
  • Screws and wall anchors.
  • 1 drill bit for concrete with same diameter as the wall anchors.
  • 1 drill bit with the same diameter as pots, 3 ½” (8.9 cm) or slightly larger.
  • Level with 2 or 3 bubbles.
  • Terra-cotta or plastic pots.
  • Potting soil: soil with compost and sand.
  • Aromatic herbs, which will be obtained by either sowing seeds (see edition 04) or buying seedlings.
Illustration: Luisi Leyva

Get down to work!

First, measure and mark the distance between the shelves, taking into account the height of the pot and the plant, leaving about 30 cm between each pot.

Photography: Luisi Icaza

 

Then drill holes in the wall using the concrete drill bit; making sure that the marks are leveled, it is recommended to use a 2 or 3 bubble level.

Photography: Luisi Icaza

 

Next, place the iron structure that comes with the floating shelves on the wall. 

Photography: Luisi Icaza

 

Subsequently, make the holes for the pots in the shelves with the drill, distributing them so that the iron structure does not interfere with them. 

Photography: Luisi Icaza

 

Finally, the shelves are placed in the iron structure and then the pots. The substrate used inside must be composed of soil, compost and sand to retain the excess water.

Photography: Luisi Icaza

Ready! Now you can enjoy your plants and their beneficial for your health and favorable for your soul aroma!

Photography: Luisi Icaza

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