Growing your own indoor herb garden is quite easy, and the benefits of using fresh herbs in your cooking can not be overlooked. Why, after spending an hour or more cooking a great dish would you want to add dried, bottled herbs that have been sitting on your shelf for who knows how long. I even use my own fresh basil on pizza delivery, it really adds great flavor and turns a ho hum meal into something special.
You can save money at home with your own indoor herb garden, and, it adds a nice fragrance and appearance to your kitchen. It’s a win-win situation for you.
Your own indoor herb garden is easy to start, just follow these steps.
Growing an indoor herb garden requires lots of light. You need at least 8 hours a day, but more like 16 would be better. If you can’t get that much light consider purchasing grow lamps or usig fluorescent bulbs to give your indoor herb garden a boost.
Choose containers that allow drainage. The key to growing your own indoor herb garden is to have containers that drain well.
Place a small amount of gravel at the bottom of each container, this will improve drainage and help your indoor herb garden.
Fill the container with a mixture of about two parts potting soil and one part course sand. Add a tiny bit of lime for a thriving indoor herb garden, use about one teaspoon for a 5 or 6 inch pot.
Use seeds from a reliable source and make sure you check the expiration date. Expired seeds will probably not sprout and that’s not a good way to grow your own indoor herb garden.
Put the seeds down about 3 times the size of the seed. Tiny seeds just need to be pushed into the soil. If you are unsure, look at the directions on the individual seed package. This is a key step in starting your own indoor herb garden.
Now water the seeds of your herb garden.(don’t forget this part!)
Cover each pot with plastic wrap. This will keep the soil moist and warm until your indoor herb garden begins to sprout.
Once the seeds sprout you can remove the plastic wrap. You are well on your way to having a great indoor herb garden.
Look to water you indoor herb garden everyday. Keep in mind that some herbs, like basil do not like their leaves wet, so water from the bottom. Check the soil, if it feels dry then water your indoor herb garden.
After 10 days or so feed your indoor herb garden. Continue to add food every two weeks. Your indoor herb garden will only grow if properly fed.
After about 4 weeks you should be able to start trimming your indoor herb garden. Make sure to read up on the requirements of the individual herbs when trimming but generally speaking after about a month you should be able to start enjoying fresh herbs from your indoor herb garden!
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