Sustainable Step – Grow herbs and vegetables

Herbs are very easy to grow at home.

Most herbs require very little space – you can sow them in a small pot and put them in a sunny spot on a windowsill or veranda. Or you can plant them directly into your garden.  Give them some water and they will be very happy supplying you with fresh herbs whenever you need. 

Aside from the convenience, I also love growing herbs at home because it means I don’t have to buy them at the shop. Herbs are very difficult to buy plastic free and usually come in a small plastic bag or plastic container.   

I also find when I have bought herbs from the shop, I end up with food waste. The recipe won’t need all the herbs in the packet and even though I try to use them up, I usually fail.  By growing them myself it is easy to harvest exactly the amount I need with no waste. 

And the final reason I love growing herbs at home is that many have flowers that both look beautiful and attract bees.

So many benefits.

All these benefits apply to vegetables too.  The only difference is that most vegetables need a bit more room to grow. And that just means a bigger pot or container or a bigger space in your garden. 

Once you start it is likely that more and more of your garden will become home to edible plants, and as the seasons progress you will learn more and more and get better and better at growing.  

When I started growing herbs and then vegetables, I began by choosing ones I use a lot in cooking. Basil, coriander, thyme, and mint are all very popular at my house and easy to grow. And as my confidence and gardening skills have improved I have expanded my collection.

I use the same approach for vegetables. I eat a lot of baby spinach and lettuce. Both of which can be hard to buy without plastic packaging but are easy to grow and don’t need much room. Perfect for me to grow at home.  And while it is easy to buy tomatoes plastic free, my household eats a lot of them, so I find it very satisfying to grow them at home and pick them fresh from the garden.    

By offsetting our groceries with home-grown produce, we can all save money and ensure we are getting the freshest food possible.  We can also get the joy and satisfaction of connecting with nature and growing something ourselves. Why don’t you give it a try?


The Sustainable Steps series provides quick and easy tips about how to make more sustainable choices in your everyday life.