An indoor garden, grown and nurtured in the comfort of your cozy home, can bring joy to you and your dears ones, not only by filling your home with a lovely greenery and a collection of aromas, but also by flavoring or garnishing your dishes with freshly clipped herbs.
Here are our tips for you, who are looking to be more adventurous with your culinary choices, to grow and maintain an indoor garden. Basic necessities are sun and a windowsill.
1. If you are an absolute beginner, picking the right herbs may be the crucial step: look for soft herbs that can thrive with or can easily recover from under- or over-watering. You may consider chives, mint, sage, oregano, parsley, thyme or even chilies.
2. One way to plant the herbs is from seeds, for the adventurous ones, and then you should consider beginning your garden in the spring. However, a beginner home gardener can also opt for starting with young plants, from a gardening store or even the supermarket pots. You can also use cuttings, basically branches cut out from the nodes and soaked in water until new roots start to appear.
3. When it comes to the pots for home gardening, the options are countless: egg cartons, yoghurt cups, tin cans or mason jars. We do recommend using pots with drainage and a collection plate, but you can make your own by punching some holes in the egg cartons, for example. If you plan to use mason jars, you may want to add a layer of clay pebbles at the bottom, to collect the humidity from the pot.
4. Repotting a plant can be quite stressful for the plant, so we recommend using large enough pots from the beginning.
5. Watering the first few days and weeks is a great opportunity for figuring out exactly how much water the herbs need, depending on the temperature or humidity. Every morning, you may want to check the weight of the pots (if they still retain water, they will be heavier) and, with time, you will know when the plants need watering. Although surprisingly, herbs seem to need relatively little amounts of water for thriving.
6. Sun is a must for home gardening. A minimum of 6h sun exposure per day is recommended for home-grown culinary herbs, which may be supplemented with a grow light, in parts of the world where the sun is scarce during the cold seasons. Basil, for instance, requires a lot of sun, so make sure to have a sunny spot for it, wherever you find yourself on the globe.
7. When the time comes to harvest the results of your work, try not to cut out more than a quarter of the plant’s crown; this will stimulate further growth, while at the same time preventing the plant from withering.
8. And lastly, when your herbs overgrow the pot they are in or when roots start sprouting from drainage holes, it is time to move the herb outdoors. They can stay outside until the cold season begins, or even throughout the cold, provided you can have a cutting from it, on order to regrow the herb the following season.
Good luck gardening! And let us know if you need further assistance with your home garden. We are here to help!
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