Start-grow- indoor herb garden.
If you have little experience with plants or if you just don't have the space to grow them outdoors, a simple indoor herb garden may be just the solution for you. Indoor herb gardens, as any house plant, require some house plant care, but they will provide you with the beauty of having plants indoors. Many herbs have pleasant aromas and can be used to flavor many recipes. You can micro-manage herb plants very well when they are right on your windowsill.
Here are some tips to selecting the most successful herbs and caring for them all year round indoors:
• Select the right herbs. Common hardy herb plants are not only useful, but easy to grow and smell great in your kitchen. Any variety of oregano, chives, mint, rosemary and thyme are good choices. Most cooks use them on a regular basis, and they will actually make it through the winter in your indoor garden.
• Find the right spot. Your best choice for your indoor herb garden would be a sunny, southern facing window where it can get at least five hours a day of sun and is away from drafts. Provide plenty of humidity by misting your plants or placing your plants on a bed of marbles or gravel covered in water. If you don’t have a southern-facing window, purchase some inexpensive grow lights to give your plants the best home possible. Although seeds can mature nicely on a sunny window, they tend to get leggy and don’t develop hardiness indoors. Try transplanting small plants for your indoor garden. This means you’ll get the immediate look of a lush indoor garden, and know that you have a good start for a long winter growing season. You can transfer plants that have been grown outdoors in your garden, or pick some up at your local nursery.
• Pot up your plants or seeds in fresh soil. Try using the prepared potting soil with both moisture “beads” and fertilizer like Miracle Grow. This is much easier than trying to measure and maintain a fertilizing routine. Any kind of pot you want to use is fine, as long as there is drainage.
• Water sparingly. Herbs don't like to sit in wet soil. Water once a week or once every two weeks, depending on soil moisture. You don’t need to water more than that, as you will drown your delicate plants. Overwatering is the biggest reason indoor gardens fail, so be moderate and check before you water herbs.
• Feed once a month with a fertilizer labeled for use on edibles. When the herbs have been in any container for ten days or more, you need to begin feeding them. In a container, the roots are stuck in a small space and will quickly mine it free of any nutrients, especially if you have been going easy on the nutrients to begin with. Feed with half-strength nutrient such as Maxsea 16-16-16 every two weeks.
• Harvest. Be sure to prune back your plants to keep them compact and bushy. Use those herbs to cook with or dry for the future. Pinch off dead leaves and toss away fallen foliage to avoid pests. As soon as the herbs have grown enough leaves to be pinched without affecting their growth, you can begin using some of the herbs. This usually takes about four to six weeks, depending on the herbs.
Growing an indoor herb garden is remarkably easy and will reward you with a constant supply of fresh herbs for your favorite recipes, almost at your fingertips. Grow your own fresh cooking herbs indoors now and add zest and flavor to your cooking. Enjoy the benefits and fun of picking herbs from your own indoor garden.