How To Grow Your Own Indoor Herb Garden

By on May 29, 2013

How To Grow Your Own Indoor Herb Garden

A sprinkle of fresh herbs can add an extra zip to any home-cooked meal.

For extra convenience, try growing your own indoor herb garden with these simple steps.

1. Find the right spot.

In order to grow plants indoors you will need to choose a spot that gets six to eight hours of sunlight each day. Morning sun is generally better than afternoon sun. Also make sure you have decent size windowsill to place your pots on.

2. Pick your plants.

This is a personal decision. Every herb has a different smell and flavor. The herbs you decide to grow depend on your taste buds and your cooking style. Some commonly used herbs include basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and mint. These are all low-growing herbs that work well in containers.

3. Buy your pots.

To ensure that the herbs have plenty of room to grow, gardeners should use pots that are at least one foot in diameter. Any type of pot will work - clay, plastic, or foam - as long as the pot has drainage holes on the bottom. Buy a tray to slide under the pots to catch excess water.

4. Soil.

The best type of soil to use for your indoor garden is called "potting soil." It can be found in any hardware store. Fertilizer is generally not necessary for container-grown herbs. Some herbs, like basil, grow better in poor soil. You can also purchase small stones or gravel to place at the bottom of the pot, which will help with drainage.

5. Planting time!

Now that you have your plants, pots, soil, and site picked out, it's time to get to work. Begin by putting a small layer of stones at the bottom of your empty pot. Then, fill about three-quarters of the pot's depth with soil. The soil should be slightly moist. Slowly remove the herbs from their original containers - being careful not to damage the roots - and place them into the new pot. There should be about 5 inches of space between each stem.

The taller plants should go in the center of the pot (Note that mint should be placed in its own container since it grows fast and will overtake the other plants).

Once all of your plants are in the soil, gently press down with your fingers to make sure the herb is firmly in the dirt.

6. Water.

Each plant has slightly different water requirements, but as a general guideline, you should water your plant when the top of the soil feels dry. Your herbs will absorb more water right after you transplant them. Make sure not to drown your plants, either. The roots will rot if left in water without proper drainage.

7. Harvest.

Wait for your plants to grow at least six inches before harvesting the leaves. It's important to nip off any buds or flowers on your herbs as soon as they appear.

Regular clipping with ensure that your plant grows, but you should wait for the plant to grow back before clipping a specific area again.

Dina Spector
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