Having an herb garden isn’t limited to being outside; if you have the right conditions you can have an indoor herb garden as well! Growing herbs are perfect for beginner gardeners and herbs are inexpensive (so if your thumb ends up being black instead of green it isn’t too much of a loss.) Choose herbs that you tend to use regularly. Common herbs that are planted are basil, cilantro, parsley, mint, rosemary and oregano. We have listed some tips for growing your perfect herb garden whether it’s inside or outside.
- Give plants plenty of room. Plant descriptions and seed packets will offer spacing recommendations, and even though potted plants don’t typically grow to full size, give them generous accommodations.
- Water plants regularly. Don’t over water your plants. A major reason herbs end up not growing is because stagnant water ends up rotting the plants’ roots.
- 6-8. 6-8 is the magic number in gardening. 6-8 hours of light is the recommended amount of sunlight for herbs to cultivate. Wait for plants to be 6-8 inches tall before harvesting any leaves and only take about a quarter or less of the plant (plant more than one plant if you’re a fanatic of a specific herb)!
- Turn plants. Make sure to turn plants regularly so they grow evenly on all sides.
- Nip it in the bud. Plants tend to lose a lot of their potency when they are flowering. Nip the buds off the herbs to keep your plant fragrant!
- Make sure to pick the perfect condition for your indoor herb garden, a sunny window sill will work. You don’t want your plant leaves to scorch in the sunlight.
- Don’t choose a pot smaller than 4 inches otherwise the herb won’t have any room to grow.
- For the beginner gardener choose 1-3 herbs, such as mint and basil. Rosemary is a little bit difficult to grow indoors and really should be planted in a 3 gallon planter (that won’t fit on the windowsill!)
- When planting outside make sure you plant your herbs when all chances of frost have passed.
- You can make your own raised-box garden. A raised-box garden is “essentially a big flower pot for your yard”. Start with some wooden boards and hammer them together. The size of the raised-box garden really depends on your preference; just remember you must be able to reach every inch of the garden for picking and upkeep.
- Make sure there is plenty of drainage for your garden. If drainage is a problem put about 3 inches of rocks or crushed shells at the bottom of your garden and place soil on top. The rocks/shells will help with drainage.
Sources: Houstonculturemap.com,( http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/10-11-10-build-your-own-backyard-herb-garden-and-suddenly-the-house-is-cooking/) , simplebites.net, (http://www.simplebites.net/how-to-grow-your-own-indoor-culinary-herb-garden/).