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A Guide To Starting Your Indoor Herb Garden
There is something authentic about preparing a dish with herbs and seasonings you grew in your own backyard or even in your own home.
You do not have to spend tons of money at high-end restaurants to experience the taste of dishes made with fresh ingredients.
Skip the organic aisle at the grocery store. Growing your own herbs in your home is the easiest thing you will ever do as long as you start off the right way.
You do not need farming machines to get started. All you need is patience, persistence, and herb seeds.
Try out your green thumb and use this guide to cultivate a successful indoor kitchen herb garden.
Make A Plan
Planning is the first step on the road to a successful indoor herb garden. Keep in mind that you can pair many kinds of herbs in one container.
Just make sure that whichever herbs you pair together, they share the same needs.
Ensure that they need the same amount of sunshine, water, and soil preferences.
Sage does not like wet ground, so it is best to plant these in an area that receives a lot of sun with fertile, well-drained soil.
Parsley likes lots of sunshine as well, but they germinate best in slightly damp soil. Like sage and parsley, oregano likes sunny spots.
The only difference is that it likes light soils. Mint might not be the best herb to pair with others because it spreads so easily. Make a plan and map it out.
Picking The Right Container
This is a really important step because you want to set up your herb for success.
Pick the container that has the best drainage.
Most herbs can handle small containers because they do not have overbearing root systems, but keep in mind that the smaller the container the less soil your herb will have created a very small window for error as it regards underwatering and overwatering.
The right container also depends on the type of plant. For example, chives, parsley, marjoram, and mint are the perfect type of plants to handle self-watering pots.
On the other hand herbs like oregano, thyme, rosemary and basil do best when their soil dries out before the next watering.
Give Your Indoor Herb Garden The Light It Needs
Herbs love a lot of sunlight for the most part. They should get at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight, so placing them in a southern facing sunny window or a sunroom is ideal.
If you are living the apartment light and there is not much light to work with, do not worry. Your plants will be fine.
You can buy additional light sources from any garden center or online store.
Put Your Herbs In The Right Soil
You want to make sure that your indoor herb garden gets the drainage it needs without completely drying out the plant.
If you have a potting mix that seems heavy add perlite or vermiculite to the mix to lighten it up.