Herbs make valuable additions to your polytunnel garden. Not only can they be useful in a wide range of recipes and for other applications around your home, they also serve as beneficial companion plants for other polytunnel crops – helping to attract pollinators and keep pests at bay. If you are new to polytunnel gardening, you may be wondering how to use herbs from your polytunnel. Here are some ideas to use herbs that you grow in your polytunnel:
Of course, each of the different herbs that you might grow in your polytunnel can be used in a wide range of recipes. Over time, you will learn which herbs work best in which recipes. The ideas below, however, should give you a good place to start:
Make A Home-Made Pesto
One of the easiest ways to use up your fresh herbs when cooking for your family is to make a simple home-made pesto. Pesto is traditionally made with basil, though you can make pestos using a wide range of different herbs from your polytunnel. When making pesto, the idea is basically to combine finely chopped herbs with oil, salt, pepper, olive oil and often cheeses and nuts or seeds. Pestos are delicious when stirred into a range of different recipes, often added to pasta for delicious and simple meals.
Create Herby Omelettes for the Whole Family
Fresh herbs can be the crowning glory of many simple meal ideas. One of the easiest of all is the simple omelette. The whole family can enjoy simple omelettes with parsley, thyme or other herbs, and you can add plenty of other leafy greens and other vegetables for good measure. This is a great way to use up herbs for busy families, as your meal can be on the table in next to no time.
Use Herbs To Make Herbal Teas
Herbs are particularly useful things to grow because you can not only eat them, you can also use a range of herbs to create healthy herbal teas to boost your metabolism, help you relax or pep you up and give you energy for the day ahead. Why not experiment in making some herbal teas with the herbs you grow in your polytunnel. Never made a herbal tea before? Mint, chamomile and lemon balm can be good options for beginners.
Create Home-Made Soaps or Beauty Products
In addition to eating herbs, you can also use them in a wide range of other applications around your home. You can use herbs in home-made soaps, hair rinses, cleansers and other beauty products, as fragrances or in cleaning products for your kitchen or bathroom. Herbs can be useful for so many things, so remember to look beyond edible uses when thinking about how to use the herbs from your polytunnel.
How do you use the herbs from your polytunnel? Let us know in the comments below. Want to know more about growing herbs in your polytunnel? Check out our grow guides and other articles to find out more.
Originally posted 2018-07-02 14:34:59.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.