Tips for Growing an Indoor Herb Garden
Nobody likes taking trips to the grocery store – so why not grow herbs right in the comfort of your home rather than going out to buy them when you’re cooking? Even if you’re living in an apartment or condo, this is a great way to not only bring life and color into your home, but you’re also able to use fresh ingredients in your recipes. The best place for an indoor herb garden is in the kitchen, of course, where you can pick off fresh herbs for your dishes without having to stumble through a spice rack. However, you can really grow herbs in any sunny room in your home. Here’s how:
Pick a spot for your indoor herb garden. Herbs need plenty of natural light. Simply place them near a window with lots of sunlight – at least 4 hours of sun daily. For the best chance at getting enough light, place your herb garden in east- or west-facing windows.
Give indoor herbs good drainage. While you don’t want to ruin your table or windowsill by letting water drain onto it, you also don’t want your herbs to sit in water and become victim of root rot. To avoid both situations, use a saucer, liner, or drain pan under the pot of your herb to catch water and keep from making a watery mess. Clay pots help with drainage, but they dry out pretty quickly. For those of you living in a dry climate or growing herbs during the winter months, opt for a glazed or plastic container that won’t dry out as quickly as clay. Plus, always be sure your pots have holes for drainage!
Indoor herbs like typical indoor temperatures. Herbs are normally grown inside when it’s too cold or too wet outside, but it’s perfectly fine to grow them inside any time of the year. Indoor herbs typically prefer the same temperatures that people do – anywhere from 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature may drop at night by the window, but the herbs won’t mind at all. However, you do want to make sure the herbs aren’t touching the glass of the window so that it doesn’t get nipped from the cold. Basil, though, is a little pickier when it comes to temperature drops. Basil loves warmth, so you don’t want to keep it in a cold windowsill at night. If you do, the leaves will begin to droop. Basil would much rather stay in temperatures in the 70s throughout the day. Dry air, whether it be from air conditioning or heating, can take a toll on herbs, so bee sure to give them a nice shower in the sink once a week to keep them happy.
Don’t let your herbs become lackluster because of insects, mold, or mildew. By applying Green Thumb on a regular basis, you can keep your plants thriving! Green Thumb incorporates natural ingredients, including lemongrass oil, so that your plants are safe and you don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals found in other products.