How to Grow Herbs Indoors
Indoor plants bring about a freshness that’s much appreciated and indescribably nice to feel when everything is hibernating, especially herbs.
Growing herbs indoors all winter long is a simple, holistic practice that lightens your mood, refreshes your feng shui, and adds brightness to your plate.
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Best Herbs to Grow Indoors:
Mint grows like a weed, so potting this enthusiastic herb indoors keeps it from running amok in your yard. Mint also likes shade, but make sure it still gets its daily dose of vitamin D for a little extra encourage-mint.
Chives are low maintenance, as they do not require much light and are prolific in their production. Regular harvesting allows chives to produce more freely.
Parsley is the absolute easiest herb to grow indoors and will garnish your indoor spaces with life. It may get off to a slow start, but doesn’t require a lot of upkeep and isn’t picky about what window it resides by.
Rosemary is hardy and doesn’t mind being cooped up inside all winter. This aromatic herb is also a natural air freshener and prefers to remain on the dry side, making it perfect for the aridity of winter.
Thyme perfectly complements winter crockpots, stews, and roasts, pairing especially well with the wild game you plan on cleaning out of the freezer this winter.
Tips for Successfully Growing Herbs Indoors:
Choosing Plants. Starting herbs from seeds for a life indoors can be difficult without the sanctuary of a greenhouse. Consider buying smaller, already established plants from your local nursery or garden center.
Potting Soil. Don’t just dig up some dirt from the backyard. Visit your local garden center or nursery for high-quality potting soil that’s better suited for indoor use. Instead of planting herbs all in one pot, be sure to give each herb its own little abode. Four- to six-inch pots with drainage holes are choice.
Light and Location. If you plan to grow your herbs naturally without artificial lighting, a sunny, south-facing window is the best dwelling place for your newly planted herbs. If you plan to use artificial light, set up grow lights a few inches away from the herbs and have them set to 14 hours a day.
Food and Water. How often your herbs need to be watered is a matter of observing and learning to read each plant. Over-watering herbs is one of the biggest blunders, so a good rule of thumb is to let the soil dry between waterings. One week after planting, begin nourishing herbs with H-G Plant Food every 7-14 days for optimal growth.