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Your Indoor Herb Garden

Herb Garden on a WindowsillIndoor herb gardens have many advantages for Paramount renters who not only cook but may just want to beautify their homes with greenery and fragrance. Growing herbs indoors is neither extravagant nor challenging, but some preparation and awareness are required. It can also be a perfect way to get on track if you haven’t gardened much before. If you’ve ever thought about starting an indoor herb garden, keep on reading to understand more about which herbs work best indoors and how to properly care for your herbs as they grow.

An herb garden is a great experience to enjoy fresh produce while adding natural beauty to your home environment. But when you do that, you have to know which herbs grow best indoors. Different herb plants have different light and soil needs, and so picking the right herbs is an important part of the process. The few 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 establish your new garden.

The minute you know which type of herbs you want to cultivate, the next step is to prepare your growing containers. Basically, any type of container can work as long as it has good drainage and a way to protect the surface underneath. Also, it is fine to start small, but remember that if your plants thrive, you may end up needing to repot your herb plants very early. Load each container with the use of a potting mix, not potting soil; potting mix has more organic matter that will help encourage strong growth. Several gardeners prefer to keep different herb plants separate inside their own pots or containers, although this is not necessary. As long as each plant has enough room to grow and send down roots, they will do just fine.

If your containers prepared and your plants chosen, then the next step in progress is to decide and choose where to place your herb garden. All your plants will need between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight every day, so a sunny windowsill or identical spot usually works best. If you haven’t had a windowsill, there are a number of innovative ideas available, from something like wall planters to containers that stick directly to the glass. Herbs do not grow well without at least some direct sunlight, but then 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 always need sufficient amounts of water. With regards to herbs, the aim 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 this is a nice idea to save the little tags that come with seedlings and follow the suggested amounts. It could also be advantageous to keep track of when and how much you are watering your herbs.

Once your herbs are established, you can start harvesting leaves to season your food. The fresh herbs have always been delicious and healthy, not to mention convenient. But remember not to cut too much of one plant at a time. Although regular trims encourage new growth, trimming too much could cause the plant to fail. So as long as you are careful and aware not to remove more than a quarter of the plant at one time, you will continue to enjoy your fresh herbs throughout the seasons.

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