Want to start an easy Indoor Herb Garden ? Read this quick guide.
Do you want to plant an herb garden but are not sure you can do it? Never fear! Starting an herb garden is one of the easiest things you can do in the garden.
Herbs are very easy to grow with a little sunshine, soil that drains well, some watering, and a little fertilizer or compost. Herbs can be grown in pots
Growing herbs is an easy and delicious way to start gardening.
Choose your tower:
Most of the herbs that you can grow at home need two things — sunlight and well-drained soil. This means that when considering places in your yard to plant an herb garden, you need to look for a location that gets six or more hours of sunlight a day and that is well drained.
Many people also consider convenience when selecting a place to start growing an herb garden. Making an herb garden near the kitchen in your home or near the house will make it easier to harvest herbs from the herb garden.
Prepare the soil:
Use nutrient rich soil. Fill container halfway with potting soil.
If the soil is sandy or clay heavy, add plenty of compost to the soil. Even if your soil is in pretty good condition, working some compost into the soil will help provide nutrients to the herbs while they are growing.
When growing herbs, do not use composted manures in the herb garden. These are typically high in nitrogen, which will make the herbs grow quickly but will reduce the flavors of the herbs.
Choosing the Herbs:
Almost all herbs will grow for at least one season in the herb garden. Some will grow year after year.
Here is our recommendation of herbs for easy and stable herb tower:
Add labels to your herb garden so you and others can keep track of what’s growing. Place the container near the kitchen door or on a back porch so you can easily get to your new herb garden while cooking.
- Place the pot in full sun and water regularly, especially during the summer. A handful of water-retaining gel can help.
- Add a liquid feed to your watering can once a week to give plants a boost during the growing season.
- To ensure you have lots of new leaves, pick regularly from the tips of plants. This stimulates bushy new growth.
- By autumn, annual herbs such as basil and coriander will run out of steam and can be discarded, but it’s a good time to plant new woody herbs such as rosemary.
- Perennial herbs such as mint, thyme, oregano or chives will die back, but will regrow in the spring. Protect the pots during a hard frost.
- In early spring, when the plants are still dormant, congested perennial herbs can be divided and replanted. Dig up and pull the old plant apart into sections. Replant these and keep watering them until established.
For harvesting, you simply cut off about 1/3 of the branches when the plant reaches at least 6-8" tall. By cutting close to a leaf intersection, your plants will regrow very quickly.
Some plants, such as parsley, grow new leaves from their center. In this case the oldest branches need to be completely removed, leaving the new tiny branches growing from the center. This becomes clearer as you watch your plants grow and mature.