How to Grow Beautiful Indoor Herb Gardens Throughout the Year
How to Grow a Herb Garden all Year Long
Fresh herbs are a flavorful addition to any dish, and growing them is the best way to ensure that you have them. In order to start your exciting new herb garden indoors, (you can always move it outside later, if you have the room), just follow these simple instructions. Nine simple tips to help you grow beautiful indoor herb gardens throughout the year:
1. Plan which herbs you’d like to include in your garden, preferably herbs that you regularly use in your cooking. Some of the easier herbs that are more recommended for people just starting out include: Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Parsley, Chives, Dill, Mint, and Sweet Basil. Pay close attention to the requirements of these herbs — some may grow with a better flavor in a sandy —or poorer— soil.
2. Select a spot in your house that is exposed to sunlight, and isn’t subject to huge temperature variations. A south-facing window is best. Look for a spot that allows for installation of a growing light. (Hint: directly in line of a heating or air-conditioning vent is probably a bad idea.)
3. Figure out how best to install a growing light in the area that you’ve selected. Note that a grow-bulb is different from an ordinary light bulb. It may be necessary to repeat steps 2-3 several times to ensure that you’ve found the best spot.
4.Pick up some good potting soil, compost, and some growing pots, if needed. Ensure that you buy pots with a hole in the bottom for drainage. Eight-inch-diameter pots about eight inches high are generally a good size for this.
When selecting your plants, of course, you’ll want to ensure that they look healthy. If you start from a packet of seeds, ensure that the packet is fresh and not old.
5. Arrange your plants according to how much light they will need. Cilantro and basil require more light than many other herbs, so if you’re growing them, you may wish to keep them to the side, so that you can easily expose them to the additional light that they require.
6. Plant them in their new pots that the same depths that they were in their old pots. If using compost be careful not to get it on the leaves, or anything that may end up on your salad plate!
7. When watering, it is better to water them less than over watering — check the dirt in the pot to see if it feels dry before adding any water. If the dirt feels dry, it is time to water. (Many indoor plants die from over-watering, so don’t let all your work go to waste that way.)
8. Nutrients and other growth aids such as seaweed extract can be added to the soil to really help your plants to thrive in the long run.
9. Remove clippings from the outer part of the plant, once the plants have grown large enough for you to harvest without endangering the plant, being careful not to remove too much.
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