Having an indoor herb garden of your own might sound like a good idea to you if you love cooking and need fresh herbs every now and then, just like me. Even if you don’t really enjoy spending your time with various kitchen appliances, indoor herbs garden still prove to be quite beneficial. Growing a lavender, for example, can provide you the lovely fresh fragrance that you won’t get in any commercial aerosol room sprays. I hope I’ve already gotten you excited right now, so I can go on with the to-do list.
How to grow herbs indoor
- Find the best spot to place your little indoor herb garden
- Provide ample drainage, so you won’t mess up anything
- Set the temperature right, one that makes your herbs happy
Only three steps, you ask? Well, that’s all there is to it. Growing herbs indoor is pretty simple actually. It’s not a rocket science at all. Some people have bad luck on it only because they don’t pay the necessary attention to the details. I’ll walk you through it, so no worry.
Where to place your herbs indoor?
If you’re much of a cook like me, you will want to have your indoor herbs garden right in the kitchen, where you can clip fresh leaves without leaving the foods you’re cooking. You can also put it near the bathroom if the herbs you plant also act as an aromatherapy. Whichever spot you will choose, make sure that it gets enough exposure to sun light. Most herbs depend heavily on natural light. You have to make sure that your herbs get the light they need at least for four hours everyday.
If this is an issue to you, I recommend getting a best LED grow light. You can of course pick out other grow lights like, fluorescent or HPS, which is cheaper. With these panels set up, you no longer need to worry that your lovely herb garden will wither even when the sun doesn’t seem so bright.
What to do with drainage issue?
Now that you’ve found a great spot to lay out your indoor herbs garden, you need to think about how to set up the drainage. If you just put some potted plants on your tabletop or windowsill without providing any means for the water inside the pot to flow out properly, you’ll end up wrecking them. Similarly, if you decide to close all the holes under the pot so that water won’t flow out, you’ll ruin your herbs by encouraging their roots to rot.
The easiest way to overcome this problem is by using a saucer, liner, or drain pan to contain all the water that comes out of the pot. I find that saucer made of plastic, rubber, or metal is better than that made of clay because it helps keep the moisture within the soil.I hope you get what I mean.
How to set up the temperature for indoor herbs garden?
Unless you choose to grow herbs which are typically planted outdoor, basil for instance, you won’t need to do much for this part. This is because most indoor herbs are comfortable with typical indoor temperature suit up for people like us. To be exact, they can grow well on a temperature of 65 – 70 degrees F and 55 – 60 degrees F at night.
Those are all the details you need to know (and do religiously) if you want to successfully grow your own indoor herbs garden. You will probably find that your herbs are lean and lack of the firmness like those planted outdoor, but they, on all aspects, are very much fresh. Once you start to be able to harvest regularly, you might need a fertilizer to smooth things up.