Bring it Home: 5 Tips for an Indoor Herb Garden
Herbs are the lazy cook’s way of taking a dish to the next level. Having fresh herbs on hand is more convenient (not to mention less wasteful) than buying small portions from the store.
Starting your own window-sill herb garden is really easy and takes minimal space. You’ll infuse your space with a hit of green, without the over-commitment to needy needy plants. Check out a few DIYs at the end of the post for ideas.
5 Tips for an Indoor Garden
1. Choose Your Sunniest Spot.
Herbs typically need 6-8 hours of direct sunlight – so choose your sunniest corner.
If you don’t have that, try planting Parsley, Chives or Mint, which need less light.
2. Don’t Overwater.
It can be tempting to water everyday, but the soil should dry out between waters. Check with a finger to make soil is dry about 2-inches below the surface before you re-water, around 2-3 times a week. If your herbs are drying out, try moving them a little farther from the window.
If you can, water slowly so that the water has a chance to be absorbed the soil before draining right through the pot.
3. Give Each Pot its Own Container
Those multi-herb pots you can buy at the garden store look nice, but aren’t ideal. You’ll have more luck in the long-term planting each herb in a separate pot so you can rotate it or adjust the amount of light it receives.
You can get creative on what you use or re-use here: jars, buckets, bowls!
4. And Make Sure That Container Has Good Drainage
Herbs don’t like standing in water. Make sure the pot you choose has good drainage, and if you’re unsure, add a few pebbles to the bottom of the pot so your herbs aren’t sitting in water.
5. Shortcut with Starter Plants
You don’t have to start from seeds. You can pick up starter plants from a local nursery, farmers market or garden store.
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