Here are some ideas that will help you to plant herb garden indoors. Just about any dish can be made top notch with splendid herbs that are grown right at your very own garden. You can get better yield using all in one hydroponics system.
Just the word ‘herb gardening’ and all you imagine is green colored luscious herbs growing in your garden giving out aromatic fragrance that plays with your senses. It all comes down to what you want to grow. For instance, some want to become a chef or if you are planning to make potpourri, ointments etc. then you need to select the herbs that match with your requirements. If you want herbs for kitchen, then basil, cilantro are best recommended as they will give you good harvest with regular watering.
If you are dealing with small spaces and planning for planting herb garden indoors, envision yourself growing herb garden in a collection of pots. With proper feeding of nutrients and water, you can get enough herbs to cook regularly. However, there are three things you should keep in mind when planting herb garden indoors – right place, food and the temperature.
Picking the right spot:
When you are growing herb garden, make sure the plants get good amount of sunlight. It is best recommended to keep them in a spot where there get at least four hours of light. The best positions recommended are south or southwest though even east or west will also support your plants. Do not pick north as the chances of daylight are less.
If you want to confirm, take this quick test. On a bright sunny day, turn off the lights and regularly check on the intensity of the sunlight at all the spots. This will help you in placing the pots at a perfect angle.
Watering the plants:
Nothing in this world can survive without water. When you are planting herb garden indoors, make sure the plants get enough water. But even too much water retention can ruin the herbs you are growing as it tends to rot easily. Keep a mental note to use a drain pan so as to hold the water thereby protecting the surface of your windowsill. Do not use clay saucer as it supports moisture so make sure you are using rubber, plastic or a metal product.
Instead of clay pots try using glazed containers. You can even use plastic but make sure it is eco friendly. The reason why I am not supporting clay pots is they motivate easy drainage which makes the soil dry out quickly. So, if you are living in a dry climate or if you are growing herbs during winter season, chances are your herbs can go dry really quick.
You also get healthy nutrient mix that comes with vital elements that support plant growth. Do not compromise on quality and use a genuine product.
Temperature for your herb garden:
Some of the herbs actually share the same temperature like us humans. They need around 65 to 700 F that will keep them warm. Though during night time, the temperature may drop to 50 or 60, still the herbs are okay with that too and can give you decent amount of yields.
Many cooks know that herbs can survive the indoor temperature but certain herbs like basil can be tricky. Though they survive good when given proper sunlight, if kept on a cold windowsill, they tend to droop as they are not much in support of cool air. In fact, they need an indoor temperature of 700F all the time.
Lastly, the air near the windowsill keeps on changing – hot in summer and cool during winter. So make sure you adjust the herb position as per these changing seasons. Many people use air conditioner or heater which can go really hard on your plants. So make sure you give them a good shower in the sink which will help them freshen up.
Plants that can be grown indoors / windowsill kitchen:
- Basil – keep the pots facing south so that they can derive good amount of sunlight
- Bay – best place is east or west facing window as they need good air circulation and make sure they get good amount of space.
- Chervil – can grow good even on low light but needs temperatures between 65OF and 70OF for surviving.
- Oregano – best way to grow indoors is by cutting the tip of the outdoor oregano mother plant and placing in a pot that faces south.
- Parsley – keep the pot facing west where it can get good amount of sun.
- Other herbs include Lemon balm, Marjoram, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Mint etc.