Last spring, we taught you how to cook with fresh herbs. And while you know the culinary techniques and are familiar with the flavors, have you ever considered growing your own herb garden? It may seem intimidating, especially if you lack a green thumb, but fresh herbs are actually quite easy to cultivate. All you need are some pretty pots, good soil, the right plants, and a sunny spot on a kitchen island or windowsill. Here is everything you need to know about growing a kitchen herb garden.
While a large planter box works well outdoors, pots are more suited for indoor gardening. A pretty collection of pots has a decorative element that can compliment your all wood cabinetry and decor. Pots also make it possible to move your herbs around the kitchen as needed. Herbs will grow to the space they are given, so it is wise to limit the size of your containers to ten inches in diameter when potting herbs indoors. Look for deep pots that are lightweight and made from a durable material. Good choices for herbs include terracotta, glazed ceramic, plastic, resin, or stainless steel. Make sure there is an adequate drainage hole and a lip to collect excess water.
To successfully grow herbs indoors, you should opt for a high-quality soil. You can find commercial potting soils at your local gardening center that are specifically suited for herbs, with the right nutrients, acidity and moisture level — or shop online. Everyone knows you can score a better deal shopping online for quality, all wood cabinetry, and the same holds true for soil. If you are feeling ambitious, you can also try making your own potting soil for containers and pots, as recently taught here in The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Here are ten of the best herbs for container gardening indoors.
- Lemon Balm
Most herbs need moisture to grow, without being soggy. Therefore, it’s best to check the soil regularly and to water your plants before the top layer of soil starts to feel dry. Be sure to add a water soluble fertilizer to your herbs once a month and mist to provide humidity. Herbs also need at least six hours of indirect sunlight to grow. Herbs do well indoors because they prefer warm temperatures, ideally between 65-75 degrees. Cold drafts can harm your plants, so place your herbs high up on a kitchen island or near a sunny window.
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