During this age of social distancing, some of us are exploring new hobbies and skills during our free time. One popular pastime is indoor gardening, and if you’ve been interested in exploring it, an indoor herb garden is a great place to start. Many herbs are relatively easy to grow, and the benefits go beyond the simple pleasure of tending to your plants — you’ll be able to enjoy their flavors, too. Plus, you won’t have to worry about running out of your favorite herb seasonings while cooking. Here’s how you can get started with your own indoor herb garden.
Choose Your Herbs
The first step to starting your own indoor herb garden is to choose the herbs you’d like to grow. Not all herbs thrive indoors, so you’ll need to choose wisely. We recommend starting off with perennials so you can reap the benefits year-round. Some good choices for newbies include peppermint, oregano, rosemary and thyme.
When it comes to purchasing your herbs, you have two options: You can start with seeds or plants. It may be easier to begin with plants if you’re a total beginner. If you’re on a tighter budget, seeds may be the best option because of their lower cost.
Pick A Good Location
You’ve picked out the herbs for your indoor garden. Now, it’s time to figure out the best location for them to grow. Ideally, herbs should get direct sunlight for about six hours each day. For optimum growing conditions, place your herb garden near a bright window, and make sure the surface it’s on can withstand water and dirt spills (they’re inevitable!).
Pick The Right Soil
Choosing the right soil is an essential step to setting up your indoor herb garden. Your best bet is to go with a potting mix, which is typically composed of organic matter that aids in drainage, a necessity for successful indoor gardens. Without proper drainage, herbs may drown from excessive water.
Use Separate Containers
Herbs tend to do best when they’re planted in individual containers. This is because different herbs have varying soil and water preferences. Some herbs, such as mint, are known to have roots that can overtake nearby plants and put them in danger. Avoid unwanted disruptions in your garden by giving each herb its own container.
Don’t be discouraged if some of your herbs don’t survive, especially when you’re just beginning to learn how to garden indoors. Herb gardens aren’t meant to last longterm. There’s also a learning curve, and you’ll get better at tending to your plants with practice. Once you’re comfortable with maintaining your herbs, you may build up the confidence to branch out with other house plants.
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