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Your Own Kitchen Herb Garden

Share This article - There is magic in a garden. It is a thrill to see sunlight and water make a little plant grow and spread its leaves. The beauty of nature rejuvenates and inspires.

The quiet thrill of gardening can be enjoyed by planting fresh herbs in pots in the kitchen, patio, or backyard. I like to plant basil, parsley, and cilantro in pots, and here’s how I do it. Follow a few simple steps and you will be picking delicious fresh herbs in few days.

First, I pick up some clay pots and saucers, organic potting soil in a bag, and some small starter plants at a garden center. This time of year, they should have a nice selection of starter plants. Fresh herbs are a great choice because you can plant them in fairly small pots and they are easy to grow.

At home, I put a few pebbles into the bottom of the pots for drainage and place the pots on saucers. I scoop potting soil into the pots, about 3/4 full. Then I carefully remove a little herb plant from its container, transfer it to the pot, and place soil all around the plant with my hands. You want to pack down the soil to give the plant a sturdy base. A sprinkle of water, about one cup, and it’s done.

Herbs are great to grow in or near the kitchen so you can pick a few leaves while you are cooking. Herbs seem to like a mixture of direct sun and some shade. Give them a little water each day to keep the soil moist, and move them into a shady spot if the leaves get burned by the sun.

I use herbs in many of our recipes in The Fat Resistance Diet. I recommend having herbs every day for their wonderful flavor and ability to reduce inflammation. Nourished by your attention and care, your kitchen garden will be good to grow!

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Dr. Leo Galland is a board-certified internist who received his education at Harvard University and the New York University School of Medicine. He has held faculty positions at New York University, Rockefeller University, the State University of New York, and the University of Connecticut. Interviews with Dr. Galland and articles about his work have been featured in Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Self, Bazaar, Men's Fitness, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications. He has written three highly acclaimed popular books, The Fat Resistance Diet, Power Healing, and