How to Grow Herbs Indoors

The cultivation of herbs is an easy task which you can have lots of fun doing. Over the years, people have devised various ways in which to grow herbs including cultivating them indoors. Herbs require minimal care practices, and they tend to develop fast, ensuring that you have an endless supply of herbs. You can also use herb growing as a way to get your kids into gardening. They will learn a great deal of patience along the way.

How to Grow Herbs Indoors

Using one of the outlined methods below on how to grow herbs indoors, you can finally save money on groceries.

Method 1: From Seeds

One way you can put to use in herb cultivation is growing them from scratch, i.e. by the use of seeds. The way to do this is by first figuring out which herbs you consume the most in a week. Suppose you love using rosemary in your food and teas, you can get its seeds from a trusted supplier and start planting. This move will help you get a fresh supply of your favourite herb each time you want to cook something.

If you are uncertain of the way forward, focus on plants that are easy to grow. They include basil, oregano, parsley, chives, and rosemary. These herbs are quite versatile in their uses, and they tend to grow at fast rates.

Get a pot

Each herb will require a separate container which should measure at least six inches in diameter. Separating the plants ensures that they do not fight for nutrients and that each plant is healthy. It also reduces the transfer of diseases if one plant gets infected. The best pots on the market are terracotta pots as they allow aeration which keeps the soil from getting mould. They also prevent the retaining of water which can damage the plants’ roots.

Each herb will require a separate container

If you choose to use containers such as mason jars, it is essential that you poke holes in them to ensure that they have adequate drainage. This step goes for any pot you use. Lack of a drainage hole leads to water sitting and will damage the roots.

Soil

Ensure that the earth you use is of high-quality. Where possible, make a point of getting soil with perlite or vermiculite as they help the soil drain water efficiently. If you want your herbs to develop healthy with big leaves, using soil intended for use in vegetable growing will do the trick. PH is essential in the growth of herbs, and some tend to do better in acidic environments. Take the example of thyme which requires a low pH for it to be healthy. In such a case, you can add some crumbled eggshells to the soil to lower the pH levels.

Planting

Not all seeds result into herbs, and as such, you should sprinkle an adequate amount of seeds into each pot. Once the seeds sprout, you can thin out the herbs so that you remain with the healthiest plants. Cover the seeds with 0.6cm of soil so that they do not get buried too deep.

Water the seeds using a watering can and place the container in a spot with adequate access to sunlight. Ensure that you do not soak the soil as this will have detrimental effects on the survival rates of the seeds.

Water the seeds using a watering

Method 2: From Nurseries

This method has a higher success rate as compared to using seeds, but it also tends to be more costly. However, if you want to save time, it is a good alternative. As with the seeds, you should opt for herbs which you tend to consume a lot. Buy at least two seedlings of each type because some may not make it.

Getting a pot

When choosing the container in which to plant your seedlings, make sure to go for one that is at least double the size of the vessel in which they came. Be sure not to go too big because the seedlings will spend more time expanding their roots as opposed to producing leaves. Invest in a terracotta pot for the best results as it prevents water-logging. Poke holes at the bottom of the container to ensure that water can find a way out and it will not sit in the pot and lead to root rot.

Do not let your herbs grow in the containers in which they come. Such pots get built of cheap plastics and are not intended to host plants for extended periods.

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Planting

Be sure to get good soil which has undergone soil tests to ensure that it is suitable for herb cultivation. Pull the seedling from its pot along with the earth with which it came. You can loosen the soil by squeezing the pot’s side to make removal easy. Turning the seedling to one side makes it easy for it to slide out.

Make a hole in the soil which can accommodate the seedling’s roots and carefully place the plant in it. Replace the space with soil and gently pat the earth when done. Water the dirt to the damp level, ensuring that you do not soak it.

With a seedling, let it sit in the shade for the first week to give it time to adjust to its new environment. After that, you can move it to a sunny side.

Some people also grow their herbs from cuttings. However, this strategy has a downside in that not many herbs grow into healthy plants. As such, if you choose to go down this route, be sure to conduct extensive research on its viability regarding your choice of herb.

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Care practices

Watering is an essential process in herb cultivation, and you should do so frequently. However, be sure only to water your herb if the top inch of the soil is dry to avoid water-logging. Your herbs will probably require water once or twice a week. Exposure to sunlight is also essential so be sure to locate the pots next to windows. If you lack adequate access to daylight, a UV lamp will come in handy.

Rotating your plants each week ensures that they grow straight. Fertilize your herbs now and then with products geared at increasing leaf production to increase your harvest. Harvesting leads to continuous leaf production if done right so be sure to take great care when performing such processes.

These tips on how to grow herbs indoors will enable you to have access to as many herbs as you want. You can cultivate your herb garden in a garden shed which can allow you to produce more herbs, thanks to the controlled environment. With their many years in manufacturing garden buildings, Quick Garden can provide you with a garden shed which will provide you with adequate lighting and controlled temperatures for the growth of healthy herbs.

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