Variety is certainly the spice of life and spicing up our food is a time-honored tradition. Using herbs like basil and sage can boost the tastiness of any meal. It can taste even better if they are homegrown herbs by your very own hands and effort. Indoor herb gardens are excellent for beginners looking to learn the basics of growing plants for consumption. In this article, we will go over what you need to know about starting and maintaining a great herb garden.
So, what are the best herbs to grow and start with? Well, one great way to determine what to grow is by taking a look at your spice rack and looking into the things you run out of frequently. Check out some recipes you like to see what those are using and generally get some information on what might be most useful for your diet. Cilantro, mint basil, thyme, sage, chives, and parsley are some of the most common varieties to look into, but there are more than those you can consider. These we mentioned are easier in general, and things like tarragon and oregano are more advanced herbs to grow.
There are two approaches to starting your herbs, from seed or seedlings. The main difference between these two is timing. If you have the patience to wait for a seed to grow that is generally the most satisfying option, but seedlings and pre-potted variations work just as well. You’ll also want to take this time to determine pot size and location. If you are tight on space and only working with a single window sill or two, you’ll want to go small and compact. Herbs usually grow best in moist soil so make sure that the pots use have bottom drainage with catcher plates.
After you have planted or seeded your new plants, you’ll need to figure out how to feed and care for them. The first thing you need to know is how often you should be watering your herbs. Herbs require a medium amount of watering daily. Proper drainage should prevent any over watering. Herbs require more water than average larger house plants. Your growing herbs will also do better if they are pruned and trimmed rather than torn apart for food. Clean cuts do less damage to the plant and let you re-use the same plant over time. Be sure to focus on tops of the plants when harvesting so that the base remains powerful and sturdy enough to let the plant continue to grow.
The other element you’ll need to consider when planting herbs indoors is sunlight. The best practice is to make sure your herbs get plenty of direct sunlight throughout almost the entire day. If you live in the united states, this means keeping a focus on the east facing windows for morning sun or west-facing windows for afternoon sun. For indoor planting, it might be wise to have multiple spots picked out to move your plants to. The movable nature of these small herbs gives you the ability to change the decor of your home from time to time while providing the herbs the light and attention they crave.