How to save a fortune by growing your own herbs


(By Lyndy Mansfield)

Growing your own herbs is as easy as pie, satisfying, economical and can be planted indoors or out. Here are the simplest ones to start off with.

Mint ~ Comes back year after year. Once it has taken hold it can become something of a marauder. Rather plant it in a pot so you can discipline it. Loves shade and water. Bugs hate the smell, so it can have an extra role to play. Then again bees love it and will enjoy the nectar the little flowers produce. Mint is a lovely breath refresher, ideal to add to cool drinks, salads and veggies. (For peas, carrots, etc., pop in the mint about five minutes before they are cooked.)

Rosemary~ One of the easiest and hardiest of herbs to grow. Loves lots of sun and well-drained soil. It makes a delicious, soothing tea and is an absolute must if you are roasting lamb. It gets on well with any garlic and savoury dishes.

Coriander ~ This is a love/hate herb. It is simply a must, in my opinion, for any curry dishes and is delicious with Philadelphia cream cheese and sweet chili sauce. Yum. It makes an interesting addition to stir-fries and avocados. The distinctive flavor is not everyone’s favorite. This herb will flourish in cooler areas as it is not partial to bright sunlight.

Basil ~ Here is a lovely green herb that thrives in sunlight. It is perfect for spaghetti, pizzas, soups, seafood dishes and salads. When your plant gets flowers, cut them off, which will produce more leaves. The more you harvest basil, the more it grows.

Parsley~ Cultivating parsley is a piece of cake. I love Italian parsley which will grow anywhere and even just sprinkling the seeds on a patch of earth will normally grow. Omelettes and, in fact, all egg dishes are enhanced with the flavor of these frilly little leaves.You can add parsley to virtually any meal to enhance the flavor. The sprigs are perfect for garnish.

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  1. Avatar Patawele July 21st, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Very Inspiring young girl. God will make a way for her in Jesus’ name

  2. Avatar Mirriam July 21st, 2011 at 11:27 am

    swit gal u will live because the father above says so!!!! u such a strong adorable young gal

  3. Avatar Anondi July 21st, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Rose shocked many with a sweet voice! what a wonderful girl at 9 years she could talk like that? I pray for the almight Lord to see this brilliant girl through so that one day she can also teach others .

  4. Avatar Sirpatrick July 21st, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    May the God of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob whom i serve be on your side,youare such an inspiration, especially to my Aunt and mum who suffer from H.I.V and Arthritis respectively

  5. Avatar Ezina July 22nd, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Wow!Princess you are an inspiration to many both young and old.You are one in a million…..Jeff almost fell off the bench when you turned the tables and started asking the questions…hahaha.God bless you Rose.

  6. Avatar Wincatemukami July 22nd, 2011 at 10:31 am

    oo my God,am tearing now………….

  7. Avatar Elizabeth Macharia July 22nd, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Princess, you are an inspiration to me and to the whole world.Take heart my dear! You are healed in Jesus name.How can I get your CD?

  8. Avatar Mukiri_doris July 22nd, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    hi princess. your my insp,tion. your faith and courage will heal u little gal. God is alive.encourage young and old, tel them he,ns not the end. Rose u wil be ok completely.HOW TO GET CD? be bless,d. and quick recovery.

  9. Avatar Gachuchajohn July 22nd, 2011 at 8:35 pm


  10. Avatar Dinah Gichuki July 24th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    you r a blessing gal n your word are more than inspiring.i am touched.may Jehovah Rapha be your healer coz He says His blessings add no sorrow

  11. Avatar Carol July 25th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    No exact words to describe Rose Nasimiyu, she is everything, God has used her to send a message across and its a challenge to all of us. What have you done to your God or to the needy, and you have everything. she is only 9 years and she wants to help other kids suffering / battling with Cancer.

  12. Avatar kelly July 25th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    her story is a reality of what is happening to so many families that cannot affore healthcare and i think she is such a brave girl to speak out. she sounds 9 going to 20. but, and i know people will blast me for this, but, music is not her forte. her song sucks!

  13. Avatar Joyce July 25th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Rose you are Jehova angel I have faith God heals even where there seem to be no way there is way we serve a true and live God Rose one day you will have a testimony that you are healed in the name of Jesus. You are such an inspiration to many. I pray to God to heal you sweet baby.

  14. Avatar Eddah Langat July 26th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    i pray that you be healed lil’ angel…. u r an inspiring young girl for sure

  15. Avatar Gladyschebole July 28th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Ur a real inspiration gal, not only to the cancer patients but to everyone, concerning life in general. I love ur faith in God and i believe God put you in that situation for only him to get all the glory, there is a verse in the bible in the book of John that says ” this sickness shall not end in death, but it will be for the glory of God” I believe your situation is to fulfill this verse. You inspired me so much and my prayer is that God will give you strength to go through this. I am praying for you and looking forward to that day you’ll come back and tell that YOU ARE HEALED AND FREE OF CANCER. God bless you angel..

  16. Avatar jennifer luzz July 29th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    hi ROSE ITS  RACHEAL from  class seven  from  cat hsam  school.i wish u all  the best and  trust in God remember last years title  HOPE

  17. Avatar Cateben August 1st, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    You are such an inspiration your faith just makes one strong and i am so impressed with your comment feed your faith and your fears will starve to death,may our God give you strength to face each new day,never give up.

  18. Avatar axcina August 4th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Fight on Girl.God is on your side.You have my prayers tonight

  19. Avatar Jenipher August 8th, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Rose, you have said it all.  There is no room to give up.  Your faith is really really strong and our heavenly father will not let you down. Strive on.

  20. Avatar Mercy Njeri Nyambura August 19th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Rose you are such an inspiration!May the Almighty God strengthen you,empower you,heal you and see you through.Our prayers are with you as you grow to be a great young Lady.We love you.

    Mercy Njeri (class 6) Agbon Academy

  21. Avatar Pollygm1 August 20th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Little Rose you are an inspiration to the young and old, you faith is for really and has given me hope hope hope.  God will truly heal you little angel

  22. Avatar Justina Mwikali September 14th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    rose i love you.  Keep up the courage.  Your neighbour Mama nduku

  23. Avatar Immacsk November 1st, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Rose you were such an inspiration in my life. I was so lucky to meet you at NARAP. Keep up the bravery and your charm. God Bless.

  24. Avatar Janekasa January 26th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Little princess you are rely an angle may the ALMIGHTY GOD grant u the healing you so much deserve, not only for your lovely mami but for the whole world and to the glory of HIS GREAT NAME.
    HE’S JEHOVA RAPHA. You are really an inspiration thanx for giving hope to your caring mum.


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