Jo Webber, Pukka's head of Herbal Education and an Ayurvedic nutrition expert, shares her step-by-step guide to growing herbs at home
Jo Webber is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Head of Herbal Education at Pukka Herbs. Her role is to educate people on the role powerful, organic herbs can play in keeping us happy, healthy and well.
Jo is also a keen gardener and in this short video, she shares her tips for growing herbs indoors on the windowsill or in a window box. You don’t need a garden to do this and you’ll be able to add so many new flavours to both savoury and sweet recipes and bring a little bit of nature inside.
Why grow herbs at home?
You can grow lots of different herbs much more cheaply than buying them in the supermarket.
You can also grow them all year round on your windowsill.
It’s likely that herbs you grow yourself have much more vitamins and minerals, nutrients and powerful antioxidants in them than supermarket bought herbs.
Step by step instructions:
Prepare your containers. Fruit punnets (plastic or paper) work well. You could even use pukka tea boxes, which hold compost really well.
Fill your containers with a good multi-purpose compost. Peat-free organic compost is what I use and is a more sustainable option.
Choose your seeds. I recommend ordering a kitchen herb starter pack (I got mine on eBay) but you could even try growing herbs from your spice rack. I’ve had great results with mustard, fenugreek and nigella seeds. What you really want is a few seeds for lots of different herbs rather than a big packet of lots of the same seeds. If you can only get big packets, you could always swap with friends.
Sprinkle your seeds on the surface of the compost, spreading them all over. Then very lightly sprinkle another layer of compost. Press down gently and then water them.
Label your herbs using old lolly sticks or plant labels.
Make sure your seeds have plenty of light and keep the top of the compost moist.
When they begin to germinate, you may not want to bring them all on. The little sprouts can be eaten as tasty and nutrient-packed ‘micro-greens’ sprinkled in salads.
Eventually you’ll want to pot some on, moving your growing plants to their own larger pots. Keep them watered and you can also give them some liquid plant feed, as you would for house plants.
Your windowsill will now be full of beautiful fresh herbs.
These can be added to recipes or dried to create your own herbal tea blends.