With the monsoon having arrived in all its glory, it only seems fair that the splendour of the rains be spread indoors as well. The freshness of the monsoon is mirrored in the fresh produce that your kitchen harbours. And just as the seasons turn, your kitchen deserves a new face once in a while.
A herb garden can add greenery to your kitchen and supply you with fresh, organic herbs for your culinary experiments.For the right selection of herbs, visit a good nursery in advance to find out about the right mix!
Start by gathering tin cans that can act as pots for your plants. These could be cans that once contained meat, condensed milk, preserved fruit, or any other condiment. Make sure you rinse them thoroughly and use rubbing alcohol to remove any print that may be featured on the can.
Then, turn the tin over and drill minute holes to allow your plant to have drainage.
Next, pick a nice terracotta plate that is large enough to accommodate your collection of tin pots. Lay the base of the plate with river rock and small pebbles. You can find these at any aquarium store.
Use the same river rocks and pebbles to line the base of your tins too; these will help the water in your soil to seep through. Then, lay potting soil on top of the pebbles until the cans are two-thirds full.
Finally, loosen your herbs from their original container and place them deep into your pots.
Once you’re done, sprinkle your plants with a generous amount of water and place your terracotta plate near a window where your herbs will receive at least six hours of sunlight per day.
To add an artistic touch to your new herb garden, run a ribbon or piece of twine around all the cans and place a handmade label on each one to indicate the herb it contains. You could even include a tin containing scissors and some cutlery, so that you can taste and pick herbs while you’re cooking!
If you like greenery but don’t have the greenest fingers, house some flowerpots in your kitchen instead. The greenness of the plants will provide a fitting contrast to the metallic elements of your kitchen.
You could even use cake baking tins to host your greens. Drill some holes on the sides and suspend them from a chain.
If you have wooden cutting boards, or even translucent plastic ones, think about colour coding them to represent what they are used for. Perhaps you like one board for cutting meat and another for slicing vegetables. Line the edges of the boards in different coloured tape to add a little colour to your kitchen and distinguish between boards; it’s functional and beautiful!
Another vibrant way to add colour is through DIY tie-and-dye dish towels. All you need is several old dish towels, dye, a reducing agent, rubber gloves, rubber bands and a large bucket. First combine your dye in the proportion mentioned on the bottle and let it sit for about an hour. Then, fold and tie your towels with rubber bands using various binding techniques. Each one will give you a different pattern when you finally open up your towel, so go for a variety of styles.
Before dipping your towel in the dye, run it under the tap and then compress it with your hands to get rid of trapped air and water. When you submerge your towel in the dye, decide how dark you want your colour to be; the longer you leave it, the darker it will become. Often, the colour deepens later as it oxidises. Set your towel to dry for about twenty minutes once dipped, and then hang it to dry on a clothes line. If your towel was completely immersed in the dye, you might want to rinse it with water before drying it.
So the next time you hear the rain pattering against your kitchen window, know that it’s calling out to your new and improved kitchen. And you’ll see that the one hour of work you put in was well worth it!
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