Monday, July 14, 2014

indoor herb garden

One of the very first things that I did when we moved to Texas and settled in our home was buying herbs at the farmer's market: basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Since we have a tiny apartment, I potted them and put them on our (also very tiny) porch.  

I quickly discovered herbs + hot Texas summer = bad.

Thankfully, Style Me Pretty has a wonderful list of tips on starting an indoor herb garden.

The best herbs for the indoors are:


Planting tips:

No. 1 – Annual herbs are easy to start from seeds, but perennial herbs will be easier to start from a plant.
No. 2 – Find a spot with a good 5-8 hours of sunlight (we love the kitchen windowsill). Cilantro, parsley, and basil need a bit more light and warmth than other herbs, so choose a south-facing window if you can.
No. 3 – Make sure the water can drain quickly from the container. Add a layer of small stones to the bottom of the pot to help with drainage.
No. 4 – Use a seed-starting soil or potting soil (or mix of the two), but avoid garden soil which is heavier.
No. 5 – Water when the soil on the surface is dry. Water basil only around the base, it doesn’t like water on the leaves.
No. 6 – After about 10 days, you can start feeding the plants with a nutrient-rich fertilizer every 2 weeks. This is especially important in container gardens as the roots can quickly use up all the available nutrients.
No. 7 – Never trim more than 1/3 of a plant’s leaves. Keep plenty of leaves on the plant to encourage new growth.

 Photography by Ruth Eileen

Happy Planting! 


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