How to Start Your Own Culinary Garden

by Benjamin Urrutia 03/08/2020

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If you're like many busy homeowners, you may not have a lot of time to cultivate a vegetable garden for the purpose of putting food on the family table. However, old-school culinary herb gardens are deceptively easy to grow, and they pull double duty by providing an exceedingly pleasing aesthetic. Not only do they add a flavorful element to any meal, but culinary herb gardens also present a picturesque appearance as well as perfume the surrounding air. If you plant your herb garden near a window, you'll be rewarded by a lovely aroma wafting through your home on warm days when you open the window. If you're thinking of putting your home on the market in the near future, an herb garden may increase its desirability to prospective buyers. 

As an added bonus, most culinary herbs require very little maintenance once established. Herbs are typically resilient plants capable of thriving in poor soils. They normally don't require extra summer watering except in times of drought, and their abundance of aromatic plant oils serve as natural insecticides. Here's what you need to do to get the most out of your culinary herb garden.

Consider How You Cook

The first thing to consider is which types of herbs you typically use the most in your kitchen. If you love using Mediterranean-sourced recipes when preparing fare for the family table, be sure to plant lots of thyme, oregano, and rosemary. If herbal tea is popular in your household, you can grow chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm, and other herbs used for making teas in your garden. You can dry the herbs with a food dryer, by spreading them out on a cookie sheet and placing them in the oven on low heat, or by hanging them upside down in a cool, dry location.

Choose a Sunny Spot

Most culinary herbs used by modern cooks have their roots in the Mediterranean, which means they've evolved under sunny skies and prefer that kind of environment. Choosing the sunniest available spot in your yard for culinary herb gardens help ensure that they thrive. However, if you've got a few somewhat shady spots in the area you choose for your garden, some herbs, such as parsley and mint, do quite well with a partial sun exposure, especially in warmer climates.

Add Hardscaping

Adding hardscaping such as stepping stones, statuary, birdbaths, arbors, and decorative fencing provides a polished, pulled-together look that keeps the average herb garden from looking unkempt. Water features such as pools and fountains add classic accents, and a comfortable garden bench provides an ideal place to sit and read, dream, or just watch the world go by. 

Please feel free to reach out for more information on getting the most from your outdoor living space or other aspects of optimizing your homeowner experience. 

About the Author
Author

Benjamin Urrutia

About Benjamin:

“His leadership, business, and real estate knowledge make it possible to achieve a win, win for his clients. It is clear that his MBA helps make a property decision a better decision for his clients.”

Timothy M. Ricke –
Entrepreneur of the Year
  • “Would it serve you better if your Realtor(R) were also a real estate investor with an MBA?”
  • Why choose Benjamin?
  • * Full-time real estate professional
    * Specialized in the residential sector in metropolitan Orlando
  • * Commercial Properties (Shopping Centers, offices, land, multi-families)
    * Bilingual Spanish & culture provides quality service to his clients.
    * His background is decisive to ensure that you get the best deal ever.
    * He has over a decade of experience.

*Technology Resources – He has the technology and resources to generate demand for your property, provide buyers with the detailed information they desire, and have the ability to respond instantly to online inquiries.

Benjamin's Specialties:

  • International customers • Relocation • First Time Buyers • New Homes • Buyer;s agent • Short Sales, bank-owned properties • Investment properties – Commercial Properties.

Additional Continuing Education

  • Analysis of Income Producing Properties
  • Introductory course on Commercial Real Estate
  • Foreclosure properties for buyers and sellers
  • Certified on International Transactions, TRC.
  • Certified Relocation Specialist.
  • Five Star Institute bank-owned properties certified.
  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Certification

Professional Associations:

  • Orlando Regional Realtors Association, ORRA
  • Florida Realtors, FR
  • National Association of Realtors, NAR
  • Orlando Regional Commercial Council
  • Central Florida Commercial Association of Realtors
  • Budget and Finance Committee of the Orlando Regional Association of Realtors
  • Global Real Estate Council, GRECO. International buyers and sellers
  • National Assoc. of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, NAHREP

Other Associations:

  • Toastmasters International, past Winter Park FL club president
  • Financial Executives Networking Group, FENG
  • Rotary Club of Maitland, Paul Harris recipient, President 2019-2020
  • 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Orlando Regional Realtor Association Honor Society
  • Gold Key Certification on providing superior service to customers
  • Art and History Museums of Maitland - Maitland Florida - Board Member

As a practitioner and advocate of quality customer service, Benjamin is reliable, loyal, dependable and intelligent real estate expert. His academics include engineering (BS Civil Engineering – University of Illinois), MBA (Majoring in Finance – Loyola University of Chicago), and a Marketing degree (ICESI University – Cali, Colombia)