Herbs are an amazing way, and in some recipes, an essential way to get that chef’s kiss taste. In this article, we are going to be walking you through easy ways to grow herbs indoors. This way you never have to worry about running out, or taking that extra trip to the grocery store!
Not only are fresh herbs better in taste, but they are also an amazing way to stimulate the senses. Herb gardens have many uses and can even be grown for therapeutic purposes as well as fragrant gardens to simply enjoy due to their very pleasant, earthy aroma. So without further ado, here is a simple guide to help you start your indoor herb garden!
Where to place your herbs
There are many popular ways to small-space garden including individual pot planting, or group planting depending on what works best for your space. Herbs are best placed near a South facing window to get an adequate amount of sun. If your home Is susceptible to low light, we recommend getting an artificial substitute as most herbs do best with about 6 or more hours of light. A few popular and commonly used herbs for indoor and small-space planting are mint, rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, and parsley as they are known to do well inside.
Once you’ve chosen where and how you want to plant, now it’s time to gather supplies. To avoid water logging, choose a pot that has proper drainage. In addition, make sure to use some kind of plate or saucer to protect the surface underneath your pot. When choosing the size of your pot, be sure to use a size that gives the herb roots some room to grow. Some other optional supplies are gardening gloves, a small scoop or shovel for the soil, and tags to label each plant.
Your next step is soil. We recommend using loose, well-draining potting soil. This will ensure your herbs are not sitting in water for too long which could potentially cause issues including root rot and decay. You can add an optional bottom layer of rock to your pot to ensure proper drainage as well.
Caring for your herbs
Once you have potted up your herbs, give them a good soak and check them frequently to get familiar with how often to water them. Most herbs do fine with around two waterings per week. To aid in the success of your plant growth, we also recommend using a good fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing months (Spring-Fall). If you are using a slow-release fertilizer, you will only need to add it in at the beginning of the growing season. Make sure to check the directions on your fertilizers’ label to ensure the correct measuring and frequency.
Once you have established a good care routine, now all that’s left is to watch them grow, and enjoy your new small space garden! Bonus: If grown indoors, herbs can be enjoyed year-round. If you are starting your herbs from seed, we have plenty of local seeds to choose from in our garden center as well as a planting guide to ensure you are on track to a successful planting season.
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By Faith Jamison