If the thought of growing herbs indoors intimidates you , rest assured herbs are pretty easy to grow. Once you learn the basics of planting and caring for your herb garden, it should be reliably easy to maintain.
Even for those who are convinced they do not have a green thumb, here are 6 easy tips for growing herbs indoors:
1. Do not Over-Water. Herbs like a well drained soil and do not do well in soggy soil or with their roots sitting in water. Water too often is where many new gardeners go wrong. Looks can be deceptive, so test the moisture level of your soil by sticking your index finger into the soil down to your first join or about 1 in inches to see if your soil is dry enough to need water. If the soil is still damp, your herbs do not need water yet.
Another mistake many make when growing herbs is over fertilizing. Herbs actually like less feeding than other house plants and do best when not over-fertilized. You can add a little compost to well drained soil and your herbs will do just fine. Or feed them every now and then with a little plant food but not too often.
3. Perfect Lighting
For any plant you want to grow indoors, you need to understand how much light they need. Most herbs do need at least 6 – 8 hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive. You need to find a sunny windowsill that gets plenty of light or you can use indoor plant lights to supplement your natural sunlight if you need.
4. Temperature Herbs do well indoors in through the year and can survive in cool or warmer temperatures, but you need to avoid extreme fluctuations in temperature which can stress them. Placing plants near and air-conditioner or vents from a gas heater causes temperature and humidity fluctuations that are too drastic for your herbs
Herbs like a little humidity which is pretty easy to provide even in drier climates. Simple mist the leaves often with a plant mister to keep your herbs moist. Another easy trick is to place the planters in a dish of little bit of water and pea gravel. The water will evaporate around the herb plant and provide a little moisture.
Some herbs need to be bought indoors for the winter because they will not survive frost or extreme cold. If you have an outdoor container garden you can simply bring the containers indoors in a sunny place before the first frost occurs. If not, you can simply transplant some of the herbs into containers to keep indoors through the winter. These herbs can be transplanted back outside the next spring. Herbs can thrive in fairly small containers that fit easily inside. You can enjoy a kitchen herb garden in the winter as long as the herbs get plenty of sun and do not get too cold.
Growing herbs indoors is not difficult and can beautify your home through the year. You can also add wonderful flavor to your food by cooking with fresh herbs you have grown yourself. A home herb garden will also save you quite a bit of money since the more you harvest and use your herbs, the more they grow.