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If you don't have the opportunity to venture down to Ottawa's bustling By-Ward Market, why not grow your own fresh herbs at home?


An herb garden is an easy way to enhance your home-cooked meals and make use of your apartment's balcony. All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. To get started, fill a planter box (the size depends on how many herbs you intend to grow) with potting soil, mixed with a little fertilizer. Be sure to add a layer of rocks or pebbles at the bottom of the container to allow for proper drainage. The potting soil should be about 2-3 inches from the top of the container to ensure there is enough space for watering.
  2. Plant the herbs of your choice, allowing plenty of room for growth. You can mix different herbs in the same box, just make sure they are well spaced out and that they all have access to sunshine. Some common and easy-to-grow herbs include rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, chives and oregano.
  3. See that your herbs get plenty of sunlight and water. A good practice is to put your herb garden on your balcony during the day and bring it inside at night. Since nights can still get pretty cold in Ottawa during the spring time, this process will protect your plants and keep them at a consistent temperature.
  4. As they grow, remember to snip the ends of your herbs often. Harvesting will encourage the plants to grow larger.
  5. Prepare delicious meals with your home-grown herbs! Try experimenting with different recipes that are outside of your normal comfort zone.

If herbs aren't your thing, try growing your own vegetables using the same method. Different vegetables require different care, so it’s best to research their sunlight and watering requirements before you commit to planting a new vegetable.

With rising concerns about pesticide use and proper nutrition, growing your own produce is a great way to ensure you always have healthy, fresh produce close at hand!

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