Herbs have been around for centuries and have served many purposes throughout that time. They have been used as medicine, treating illnesses, flavoring in cooking and some were even thought to have magical powers. Purchasing fresh herbs is very expensive but it isn’t always possible to grow your own if you live in an apartment or rent your home where gardening is not an option. It is also not possible to grow herbs outside in the winter so you can grow them indoors. How can you save money and grow your own herb garden? You can simply grow an herb garden in your home in a window. Many herbs are not picky when it comes to their growing environment so choosing to plant some seeds seems easy. Here are a few other ideas on how you can effectively plan and establish your indoor herb garden.
Plan your indoor winter herb garden.
What herbs do you like? What do you want to have access to at all times?
How much space will a plant take? This is important to know so that you can choose the right size pot to plant your seeds in. The seed packets will help you determine how big of a pot you will need.
How many varieties will be planted? A couple? More? You will need enough pots to accommodate the size of your garden.
There is one school of thought that says planting herbs in one pot together is a good idea as it would create a lovely look in a large pot. It would look nice, no doubt. Remember, however, each herb plant has different requirements in order to grow properly. Make sure that all of the herbs in a indoor herb garden have their own pot to call home.
Get Your Plants Growing
Different plants have different needs. However, for an indoor herb garden, a good soil that retains moisture is of utmost importance. Air in the winter is so much more dry than in the warmer months. This creates a dry soil that must be watered often. Put your herbs on a watering schedule to insure that they are receiving the right amount of water. After all, it takes time for these plants to grow and having them die to to lack of a good water plan will only cause frustration.
Once you get a good indoor herb garden going and producing, you will wonder why you never thought of planting before. Herbs are very easy to grow for the most part. It will save a lot of money and time because they can just be picked right from your own plant stands, windowsill or shelf. By simply providing them with care and the right amounts of water, light, and warmth, it will produce a good harvest with a steady stream of herbs any time of the year.
The learning aspect of growing your own herbs indoors is valuable for the gardening enthusiast. Depending on what you want to grow, there is literally endless information available about them all. From books at the library to the local extension office, there is always excellent advice available from reputable sources.