If you love the taste of chives over soup or the aroma of thyme leaves on vegetables, you may want to think about starting your own basic herb garden indoors.
Fresh herbs not only look appealing but they also provide intoxicating scents and delicious flavors. The best part about all this is that you don’t need a yard to plant your herb garden, you just need to know how to create a basic herb garden indoors.
You also don’t have to be an expert gardener as herb gardens are easy to start and just need a sunny spot to rest.
How to Create a Basic Herb Garden Indoors
Commonly used herbs– Herbs each have a different aroma and a different taste to them. The most commonly used herbs are rosemary, basil, chives, oregano, thyme, parsley, sage and mint. You can choose to grow all or just some of these depending on your taste.
Potting instructions– It is important that you select a container that is not only big enough for growth but also has drainage holes on the bottom. You will need to have some type of collection tray underneath to collect the excess water.
You want to use an organic potting soil for vegetables. Fill your planting pot with the soil about three-fourths full. You then want to add water to the soil so it is moist but not wet.
Place your herbs in the soil so they are evenly spaced. Then, add soil so that the top of the root balls are covered. Be sure to lightly pat down the soil and add a bit more water.
Provide lots of light– When it comes to growing herbs, light is one of the most important factors. You want to choose an area of your home that receives at least six hours of sunlight each day. You can tell whether or not your plants are getting enough sunlight by their stems and their leaves.
If they are producing long stems but very few leaves, they are not getting the proper sunlight. If sunlight is an issue, you can also use an indoor gardening light.
Don’t forget the water– Herbs need water to grow properly but you don’t want to over-water them either. Insert one finger into the soil to feel if it is dry or moist. If the soil appears dry, be sure to add water to the planting pot.
If it feels moist, then adding water will do nothing but drown your herbs, which is not a good thing. If you notice that the leaves are beginning to turn yellow in color, this is an indication that you are watering them too much.