How to Create an Indoor Herb Garden

How to Create an Indoor Herb Garden

Fresh herbs not only can be grown outdoors, but you can create an indoor herb garden. Fresh herbs are great to use in home-cooked meals. They can be quite expensive if you buy them fresh at a grocery store. By creating your own indoor herb garden, you can have fresh herbs anytime you want them and for less expense. You’ll have fun experimenting with using them in various dishes. Here are some tips for creating an indoor herb garden.

The Containers

You might want to start out small with your project until you get the hang of it by choosing three or four containers and three or four varieties of herbs. You’ll need to find proper containers to set up your indoor herb garden. Decide how much space you have in your home to put the containers and then decide what size and shape containers will work best. The containers need to be large enough to provide room for plants to grow and room for the roots. Some people prefer to use small pots and then transplant them into larger containers, as need. This is an individual preference.

There’s a large variety of containers in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials. Terra cotta containers are often used for herb gardens. Whatever you choose, the container should have good drainage at the bottom. If there are no holes in the containers you want to use, you can drill a few holes.

Choose the Herbs

It’s a personal choice as to what herbs you prefer to grow. One way to help you decide is to think about how you will use the herbs. Is it an herb you will use frequently or something that you simply want to experiment with? It would probably be best to choose herbs you will use frequently so you get the most out of your indoor herb garden.

Some herbs will require more maintenance than others. If you are new to herb gardening try starting out with herbs that are more simple to grow such as parsley, chives or oregano.

Planting Time

You’ll need potting soil for your indoor herb garden. There are many types of soil available, with some including additives such fertilizer. Check with your garden specialist at the store where you purchase the soil to see if it’s appropriate for herbs. The bags of soil come in various sizes. Don’t purchase a large bag if you are only planting a few herbs.

Fill your pots with soil, leaving about one inch between the top of the soil and the top of the pot. Place the seeds in the pot by pushing down with a toothpick or straw. Use something that will allow you to space the seeds properly. Leave about a two inch space between each seed to allow enough room for growth. After you plant the seeds, add water. Then place your pots where they will receive some direct sunlight.

Transplanting Herbs

When your herb plants get to around two inches tall, you can transplant into larger pots. Be very careful with this process. You need to use a gentle touch so as not to damage the plants.

Fill larger containers with soil. Make a hole that is large enough for each plant. Loosen soil around the smaller containers in order to gently get the plant out. Roots may be a bit packed, but you can loosen them with your fingers. Place plant into the larger container where you made a hole and cover with soil, pressing down so soil isn’t too loose. Be careful not to break the plant.

After all plants have been transplanted, water until soil is most, but not drenched. Place pots in a warm area with sufficient sunlight.

Maintenance of Herb Plants

Water herb plants when soil is dry to the touch. Don’t over water, but don’t let them get too dry. Keep plants in warm area through the maturity process and until they are ready to use for your needs.

Ways of Using Herbs

Herbs can make a simple dish much more appealing. You can have fun experimenting and creating different ways of using herbs. I especially love chives in mashed potatoes or rosemary in green beans. A touch of parsley adds a great taste to lemon baked fish.

Herbs can take the place of salt and salt can be bad if used in excess quantities or if used by people who have exisiting health conditions. By using herbs, you aren’t only adding a different taste to foods, but boosting your health as well, since most herbs have some kind of health benefit. Do your research and find out just how great herbs are. In the meantime, enjoy the rewards of your harvest!

Written by Kate

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