Sun, Soil and More: Top Indoor Herb Garden Tips

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sun soil herbal gardeningEveryone loves the idea of an indoor herb garden. No store-bought ingredients can match the savory, fresh flavor of fresh-picked herbs. When you are able to grow your herbs indoors, you aren’t confined by the seasons or held hostage by the weather. Nothing beats the convenience of being able to harvest the perfect flavors from your very own plants. Of course, you may think that growing your own herbs indoors will take skills and tools you don’t possess. Fortunately, indoor herb gardening is an easy activity to start, and the following paragraphs will provide all the information you need to know.

Locating your herb garden in the kitchen offers the ultimate in handy convenience. But you can place your herbs in any room that gets enough light. Your best bet is in front of a window that faces south or south-west. That will practically guarantee the maximum amount of sunlight. North-facing windows won’t work at all. You might be able to get by with windows facing other directions if there’s no southern exposure at your house or apartment.

Plant your herbs in a good quality potting soil. Strangely enough, some particular herbs, like basil, can actually be tastier if grown in poor soil. This sounds counterintuitive, but it really has more to do with the speed at which the plants grow. Some herbs produce stronger flavors when grown more slowly, which they naturally do in poor soil. Bet you didn’t see that coming!

Make sure your chosen containers drain well-we’re growing herbs not cranberries! Herb plants don’t do well in standing water. Of course, you’ll want to make sure your windowsill or tabletop is protected from the water, so put the pots on a saucer or drain pan. Clay pots provide excellent drainage, but can also let the soil dry out more quickly. Using glazed pots or other materials will let you be a little lazier with your moisture monitoring.

Once your plants are growing, you’ll probably need to enrich the soil with some nutrients from time to time. Remember, these plants are growing in relatively small containers and it doesn’t take them long to use up all the available nutrients. Regular nourishment helps them stay healthy.

As soon as the herbs are large enough that you can start pinching off leaves without affecting their growth, feel free to start harvesting as needed. Just imagine how good your next pasta sauce will taste with just a pinch of fresh basil!