If you’re looking for a way to save money, have fun, and use fresh flavours in your cooking, growing your own herbs is the way to go. Herbs add a lot of flavour to dishes, and are easy to grow in pots and containers. Plus, they’re also good for the environment and are a great source of vitamins.
Herbs make a wonderful addition to any garden, and they’re great for adding colour and texture to your home. They’re also a great source of fragrance, which can attract bees and butterflies to your garden.
You can plant them in a pot or planter, or put them in the ground if you have the space. Whatever you choose, it’s a good idea to buy a high-quality potting mix or soil for your indoor herb garden. The potting mix will help keep the moisture and nutrients your herbs need from leeching away as you water them.
A lot of herbs are pretty drought-tolerant, but others want the soil to be kept on the damp side. This includes herbs like savory, rosemary, thyme, and oregano. You can check the soil’s moisture by sticking your finger a little bit into it and then repeating the process when the soil feels dry again.
If your herbs aren’t getting enough sun, you can supplement their light with a grow light. This will ensure they receive the light they need to thrive.
Some herbs like full sun, while others prefer partial shade. Some of the easiest herbs to grow indoors are dill, cilantro, parsley, and basil, which only need four hours of sun per day.
These can be grown in a window box, a DIY mason jar herb garden, or a window-side table planter. Or try this wall-mounted grow light from Food52 that turns any nook into a sunny spot for plants.
The most important thing is to choose a container that fits your herbs’ needs and is big enough for them to grow in. Some herbs have thick stems that can easily get stuck in a small pot, and you don’t want them to become overcrowded.
It’s best to start with smaller plants, and re-pot as the herbs grow. This will allow them to have more room to grow and will prevent the organic material in the potting mix from breaking down and making your herbs rot, according to EatingWell.
When you’re ready to transplant, don’t cut off more than a fourth of the plant at any one time. Otherwise, you’ll end up causing stress and killing your herbs.
Some herbs, such as chives, lemon balm, and mint, can overgrow or spread too quickly in a large container, so it’s best to place them in smaller containers or planters. This will allow them to flourish without consuming too much of your space and won’t harm the other herbs in your indoor herb garden, says gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi from EatingWell.
It’s also best to learn about the specific herb family that each of your plants belongs to. This will give you a better understanding of what the plants need to survive and how much sunlight, water, and fertilizer they need. You’ll know when it’s time to transplant and will have the knowledge you need to choose the right plant for your garden.
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