What's better than adding some fresh basil or chives to a dish you're making? Adding fresh herbs really sets the flavor off in many dishes. Sometimes, you think you just don't have the space or ability to grow your own herbs, but you can! Even in a small apartment, you have the ability to grow herbs indoors.
Growing herbs can be a fun and delicious way to get started with gardening. Herb gardens are fairly easy for newbies, even indoors! Follow these key steps and you will have mastered the art of herb growing in no time at all!
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How do you keep herbs alive indoors?
To keep herbs alive, they need soil that is full of nutrients, sunlight or artificial light, and of course water. Growing herbs hydroponically, like with this setup, is a great way to save time and effort while still getting that fresh taste you love in your dishes.
You’ve been wanting to grow herbs indoors for a while now and you finally got that opportunity! Whether they are just starting out or have had experience, people can find the perfect starter kit at their local gardening store. But if not, Amazon has all kinds of kits in various prices ranges so it should be no problem finding one for anyone looking get started with this new hobby. This wooden box starter kit adds to your decor, while this kit with compostable peat pots gets them started so you can transfer them into bigger pots later.
Don't be intimidated! Learning to grow herbs indoors is an easier task than you might think especially when there's help from done-for-you garden sets available locally as well as on Amazon which makes growing quick too simple – There are many herb set ups labeled by different levels (beginner) and price range to suit peoples needs.
The love of herbs runs deep in my family. We have six different containers with various plants and flowers on the window sill, including an herb garden that I started a few weeks ago. The thing is – they all seem to need something or other! Some want direct sunlight, some indirect; but most importantly you should always keep them moist by watering regularly during the day (or every couple days) and not allowing any water to be left standing anywhere near their roots.
What are you planting? How much sunlight does it need?
Some herbs need full sun (6-8 hours a day) and some want moderate sun (4-6 hours a day). You have to know what you're growing so that you can give the right amount of light. Rosemary, basil, lavender – they all do well in direct sunlight! Mint, tarragon, thyme and parsley all do well in partial shade. Just make sure to check your zone for outdoors if things get more specific there. “Full sun” in Arizona is much different than “full sun” in Oregon.
The pungent aroma of cooking herbs will have your kitchen smelling like a full-on sun garden. With rosemary, thyme, lemongrass, mint and sage as some starter plants for the perfect herb collection on any sunny windowsill or porch in need of an aromatic boost!
Can you grow herbs without soil?
An herb garden indoors is not only an easy way to grow your own herbs, but it's also a great hobby for anyone looking to get into gardening! Make sure your plants have enough natural light or you'll need some LED lights. The best part about growing indoor gardens? You can do them on any size of space and they're perfect if you live in small apartment with limited outdoor access.
Here are some great kitchen window herb gardens. They don't just provide the owners with fresh herbs, but a beautiful view as well!
Which herbs grow best indoors?
Besides the herbs listed above, basil, cilantro, and chervil are lovely indoor herbs. Basil and mint can be started from a cutting and will grow roots in a glass of water. Herbs like these are hearty and will make hearty starter plants for your garden. You can find indoor herb seed packs so you know you're choosing the right ones.
Mint is a beautiful addition to any home. With its tall, aromatic leaves and quick growth rate it can be difficult with the right care though. Be sure you have enough space for mint in your garden or that Mint has its own pot! You will not regret adding this plant to your house décor as soon as possible – especially if you want an herb that smells great too (especially when cooking)!
Which herbs are easiest to grow?
We all know that fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor and pizzazz to your next dish, but what if you could grow them in the comfort of your own home? Growing these plants is fairly easy.
To start off, provide adequate sunlight for at least six hours each day. Make sure there's enough drainage space so they don't get waterlogged or rot from being too wet! After watering thoroughly once every few days (or as needed), give it some time before giving more water again – this will ensure soil doesn't become too saturated with moisture which can also lead to rotting due to over-watering. When we say “repot” here, be aware that most herbs need far less than their original pot size after planting
If you are growing them from seeds transplanting them to a bigger container, this will also help them to become heartier and more bountiful. You will be surprised to see how big a well taken care of herb will become when given the room it needs to grow.
How much water do herb gardens need?
New gardeners are usually over-zealous about how much water to give their plants. With herbs that are planted in soil, you want to check the soil first before watering. You should stick your finger into the dirt and take a look at it – if there's any moisture left on the surface of your fingertip then don't worry too much about giving them more just yet! If not, pour some fresh drinkable water all around for an ideal amount they'll need until next time…
You will know if you are over or under watering by looking at the leaves of your plants. If they are becoming dry, brown, and/or brittle, you need to water a little more. If the leaves are yellowing or if you see mold in the pot, you are over watering. If this happens, do not water your plant until the soil is dry to the touch.
If you overwatered your herbs, move them to a shady area even if it is a full sun plant. Remove dead leaves, as these help breed disease. Create airspace around the roots. I poke a chopstick into the soil around the roots to get some air in there. Use a fungicide to remove any fungus that may be present.
Do not fertilize the plant until it is healthy again. These are rescue techniques that have worked for many others but the best advice I can give is to make sure you are watering your plants correctly from the beginning and make sure they have adequate drainage. It is much easier than trying to fix the problem after the fact.
Use these tips to grow herbs indoors
Follow these easy steps and you will become a master grower in no time. Herbs are hearty and can add a beautiful touch to your decor. They are healthy and can be used in almost all of your dishes – and in some of your drinks!
A little mint leaf in your tea in the morning can help you start your day off on the right foot. A bay leaf or two on your baked pork chops to give them that extra flavor. You get all of this and the satisfaction of growing your own plants right in your window. No matter where you are growing your herbs, following these tips will have you enjoying your garden for years to come. Happy gardenings!