Grow Your Herbs Indoors

Herbs can be grown indoors by placing them in pots, containers, window boxes, or even hanging baskets.

As with all plants, there are certain basic yet important requirements that your rivers will need for successful growth – the right kind of soil and adequate depths of sunlight and water. Even if your herbs are grown indoors, they still need sunlight and this basic but important need can not be overlooked. Therefore, the herbs should be placed by a window or door that faces South or West, preferably in the kitchen, in order to receive adequate depths of light. Although various herbs have various requirements for the exact amount of sunlight they need, all of them will need a sunny location. Another option is to purchase and use "plant lights", also called "grow lamps" or fluorescent lamps, to help the herbs receive the amount of necessary light.

Here are some of the most common indoor herbs, and their light requirements:

  • Sage – Prefers direct sunlight. Give it plenty enough.
  • Oregano – It has a wide variety of uses for many different culinary delights. It also needs a lot of light.
  • Parsley – This herb grows slow and does not require very much sunlight.
  • Rosemary – This herb is beautiful in form and even has very pretty flowers. It can grow quiet large and you may need to re-pot it from time to time into larger containers. The flavor of Rosemary is delicious, especially with beef and chicken. The plant needs ample sunlight and the drawer needs to be careful not to over water.
  • Thyme – This herb does not need as much water as some of the other herbs, which means that it has the ability to thrive even in the dry indoor environment. However, it does still require a lot of sunlight.

How to Get Started:

Like in real estate: Location, location, location is key. Indoors for your particular kind of herbs, you will want to prepare the soil. Herbs need soil that is not too rich and is very well drained. So, to mix the soil, just add two parts of a sterilizing soil containing a part of coarse sand or perlite. To make sure that there is good drainage, you may put an inch of gravel at the bottom part of the pot, or even a few inches of broken up pottery. You can punch holes in the bottom of the container if your container does not already have drain holdes. You can also mix a teaspoon of lime into the soil for every 5-inch pot to make sure the soil is sweet enough for the herbs. Be sure to keep the herbs well watered and misted, yet not over-watered or the roots can begin to rot.

Once The Herbs Are Flourishing:

Use your herbs for cooking when ready to harvest. Use restraint, however, and avoid cutting off more than half of the new growth. If you find that you do not have enough for your needs, then sometimes it is time to buy another additional plant.

Growing your own herbal garden indoors requires little, poor or no gardening skills whatever, yet it will benefit your cooking and eating experiences with fresh and healthy herbs and spices, and will make your house smell fresh as well.


Source by Sylvia McIntosh

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