Indoor herb gardens hold numerous advantages for Franklin renters who not only cook but may just want to beautify their homes with greenery and fragrance. Growing herbs indoors is neither costly nor tough; however, it does take some careful planning as well as the right information. It can also be an extraordinary way to get started if you haven’t gardened much before. If you’ve ever thought about starting an indoor herb garden, keep reading to become familiar with which herbs work best indoors and how to properly care for your herbs as they grow.
An herb garden is a great method to enjoy fresh produce while adding natural beauty to your home’s interior. But before you can do so, you have to know which herbs grow best indoors. Different herb plants have different light and soil needs, thus picking the right herbs is an important first step. Those that do best inside include options like rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, mint, and parsley. Most garden centers carry seedlings of these plants in the spring, making it easy to get your new garden set.
When you have made a decision about which type of herbs you want to grow, the next step is to prepare your growing containers. Practically any type of container will work as long as it has good drainage and a way to protect the surface underneath. It is also okay to start small, but remember that if your plants thrive, you may end up needing to repot your herb plants quite soon. Fill each container with a potting mix, not potting soil; potting mix has more organic matter that will help encourage strong growth. Some gardeners prefer to keep different herb plants separate in their own pots or containers; you are not obliged to do so. As long as each plant has enough room to grow and send down roots, they should do just fine.
With your containers prepared and your plants chosen, the following step is to choose where to place your herb garden. Your plants will need between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight every day, so a sunny windowsill or similar area often works best. If you don’t have a windowsill, there are many other creative options available, from wall planters to containers that stick directly to the glass. Herbs do not grow well without at least some direct sunlight, but they also can’t stand too much. Finding the perfect “goldilocks” spot that feels JUST RIGHT is the key to healthy plants.
Your herb garden will also require proper amounts of water. When it comes to herbs, the concept is to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Add water in small amounts, and take care not to let the soil dry out completely between watering. Both too little water and too much water is bad for herb plants, so it is a good idea to save the little tags that come with seedlings and follow the suggested amounts. It may also be helpful to keep track of when and how much you are watering your plants.
Once your herbs are established, you can start harvesting leaves to season your food. Fresh herbs are delicious and healthy, not to mention convenient. But remember not to cut too much of one plant at a time. While regular trims encourage new growth, trimming too much could cause the plant to fail altogether. As long as you are careful not to remove more than a quarter of the plant at one time, you can continue to enjoy your fresh herbs throughout the seasons.
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