How-To: Setup an Indoor Herb Garden

Herb gardens are a fantastic way to spice up your home cooking while cutting down on your grocery costs. Starting one is a simple task that can be both fun and rewarding. Here are four simple steps that will take you from clueless cultivator to gardening guru.

Step One: Choosing Herbs
Different herbs will have varying care requirements, so make sure each herb you decide to plant can thrive in the location you want to start your garden. Window sills are a great location for many common herbs as they tend to require a fair amount of sunlight each day. Herbs that do best here are dill, rosemary, chives, parsley, oregano, basil, and thyme.

Step Two: Choosing Containers
Generally speaking, it’s a bad idea to place all your herbs into the same pot. Try and get each herb its own container that you can line up on the windowsill or hang in front of a window. The containers need to be able to drain but still retain some moisture. Glazed pots with drainage retain moisture well, but make sure you have saucers beneath the pots to keep the water from
damaging your sill.

Step Three: Planting
The first thing you’ll want to do is fill each pot with a thin layer of gravel or pebbles to act as protection for the roots. Next, you should fill the pot with the soil you bought at the garden center (don’t use dirt from the ground as it’s too compact and can have harmful organisms living in it). Finally, dig a small hole for the seedling and gently press the soil down around it. If you bought seeds instead, just press the seeds directly into the soil. You can reference the packaging of your seeds and seedlings for specific depth requirements for planting.

Final Step: Ongoing Maintenance
Make sure you regularly check each plant for signs of wellness. If the leaves are becoming yellow, that generally means the herbs are retaining too much water. You should cut back on your watering or reassess your drainage situation if that’s the case. Leaves wilting and drooping is a sign the plants are too hot and are drying out. Try watering more frequently and possibly rotate the injured plants farther away from the window and out of direct sunlight. You should also make sure to fertilize your herbs roughly once a month to keep them in top shape. Using Suppleplant Tropical Love is a great way to keep your herbs happy and fruitful.

Herb gardens help you save money and contribute to the betterment of the planet at the same time. Going green has never tasted so good.

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