Start an Indoor Herb Garden: A Guide for Beginners

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With both visual and sensory appeal herbs are a beautiful addition to every garden and a magnificent way to liven up the scents and sights of any home when grown indoors. Known for their distinctive flair when added in certain dishes. Some of today’s most popular drinks are bottled tea with a hint of one herbal flavor or another with the added benefit of promoting the herbs health benefits qualities. They are also known to be ingredients in many beauty supplies often used today. Herbs do in fact serve many purposes including as an alternative and safe way to ease certain ailments. Starting an indoor herb garden is a great way to add to the splendor of your home and a wonderful hobby to enjoy throughout every season!

Here is what you will need to get started:

Herb Seeds ( there are a wide variety of options available)

Potting soil or soilless potting mix, an organic blend, or a clay mix

Potting containers- either individual or long containers- that are approximately 12” deep

South/Southwest window area or a fluorescent lamp

Fertilizer that is made for edible foods ( if desired)

Shears

Beginning your garden.

Determine which herbs you will like to plant, purchase in either plants or seeds. Select which type of pots you will prefer, will you grow your herbs individually or in large containers? Make sure your selection permits enough drainage for the herbs. Choose pots that are at least 12 inches deep.

select which soil you will use. A variety are available, which include organic, soilless, clay and potting soil. . Choose a soil that is rich and nutrients, a good soil could contain organic material of some degree and at least 25% humus. Prepare your soil, by loosening in the bag. Break the soil down with a fork or your hands if you don’t mind getting a little dirt on your hands.

In the containers, place 2 inches of soil. Lay in herb plants, allowing plenty of space for growth. Then fill container with soil leaving approximately 1 ½ inches of soil. Water lightly. Herbs do not do well in overly saturated soils so be cautious not to over do it.

Place herbs in a location that they will get the best sunlight such as an area facing south or southeast. Herbs benefit the best when given at least 5 hours of sunlight. If this is not a likely option, you can always purchase a fluorescent lamp. If the use of a lamp is needed, locate it about 18” from the herbs and allow to run no longer then 10 hours a day.

It is not necessary to fertilize herbs, but if you opt to use a fertilizer once a month that is labeled to be safe for edible foods. Trim herbs regularly for longevity and health. Avoid trimming foliage down to 1/3 of an inch.

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