Tips for Growing Herbs Inside Your Home

5 Apr

Growing your own herbs is a fun activity you can do inside your home.  Not only is growing herbs less expensive than always buying them at your local market, but it is also healthy and convenience because you can pick the herbs anytime you want and you know that you are consuming them at their freshest.

The idea is charming, but many people are doubtful that an herb garden can survive inside their home. For example, since herbs, like any other plants, need ample amounts of sunshine and moisture, do the conditions inside your house offer enough for them to grow?

Below are some good tips to use when you are ready to grow an indoor herb garden:

  • Position your herb garden in an area where the plants will have enough sunlight. A windowsill on the sunny side of your home, for example, is a good idea.  Wherever you chose to place them, just be sure they receive direct sunlight for five or more hours a day.
  • When it comes to watering your herbs, water them only when the soil is dry.  Water and sunlight are very important for your herbs to survive, but just be sure you don’t overdo it. Too much water can kill them because their roots will rot. Likewise, too much sun exposure will dry them out.
  • Plant your herbs in the right kind of soil. Poor soil can affect their flavors. Also, most herbs need drainage in their soil in order to breathe and to allow water to move easily.
  • Check your herbs regularly for possible pests. Insects, whiteflies, and spider mites can gradually destroy your herbs before you get to use them. So, if you see these types of insects near your plants, get rid of them immediately.
  • If you do not have enough natural light for your herbs, create an alternative light. Use reflector lights to supply your plants with the needed light.
  • Grow baby plants instead of seeds when starting your herb garden. Seeds are harder to grow and will take longer to produce leaves you can use. Just make sure that the herbs you are planting have already grown accustomed to growing indoors.
  • Fertilize your herbs, but use only those that are marked for use on edible plants.  Ask your local supplier which fertilizers would be best for the plants you’ve chosen.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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