Want to start an organic Indoor Herb Garden ? Read this quick guide

Do you want to plant an herb garden but are not sure you can do it? Never fear! Starting an herb garden is one of the easiest things you can do in the garden.

Herbs are very easy to grow with a little sunshine, soil that drains well, some watering, and a little fertilizer or compost. Herbs can be grown in pots. Growing herbs is an easy and delicious way to start gardening.

Planting location:

The most common demand of herbs are well drained soil and good sunlight. It clearly explain that your location should get at least six hours of sunlight and the soil is well drained. Besides these two things, there are not much requirements for the planting location, but you can add some depending on your comfort level.

Some of the people like to select a location near to their house or kitchen. Starting a herb garden near to your house of kitchen makes it eaiser to access the herbs when it is required. Same like this, there can be other things that you would like to consider while selecting the location. Most probably, you would like to select a place where it is easy to water the herbs.

Prepare the soil:

Make sure that you are using a nutrient-rich soil for herbs. Bring the containers and fill halfway with the soil.

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Add a lot of compost to the soil if it is clay heavy or sandy. In case, you soil in is perfect condition, still you need to add some compost to the soil to provide the herbs with best nutrients.

While you are planting the herbs, never try to use composted manures in the garden because they are very rich in nitrogen. It makes the plant grow in a fast speed, which decrease the flavors of the herbs.

Choosing the Herbs:

Almost all herbs will grow for at least one season in the herb garden. Some will grow year after year.

Here is our recommendation of herbs for easy and stable herb tower:

  • Coriander
  • Spinach
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Lemon Balm
  • Dill
  • Marjoram
  • Catnip

Label (Optional):

Add labels to your herb garden so you and others can keep track of what’s growing. Place the container near the kitchen door or on a back porch so you can easily get to your new herb garden while cooking.

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Aftercare

  • Place the pot in full sun and water regularly, especially during the summer. A handful of water-retaining gel can help.
  • Add a liquid feed to your watering can once a week to give plants a boost during the growing season.
  • To ensure you have lots of new leaves, pick regularly from the tips of plants. This stimulates bushy new growth.
  • By autumn, annual herbs such as basil and coriander will run out of steam and can be discarded, but it’s a good time to plant new woody herbs such as rosemary.
  • Perennial herbs such as mint, thyme, oregano or chives will die back, but will regrow in the spring. Protect the pots during a hard frost.
  • In early spring, when the plants are still dormant, congested perennial herbs can be divided and replanted. Dig up and pull the old plant apart into sections. Replant these and keep watering them until established.

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Harvesting:

For harvesting, you simply cut off about 1/3 of the branches when the plant reaches at least 6-8″ tall. By cutting close to a leaf intersection, your plants will regrow very quickly.

Some plants, such as parsley, grow new leaves from their center. In this case, the oldest branches need to be completely removed, leaving the new tiny branches growing from the center. This becomes clearer as you watch your plants grow and mature.

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