As the cold season is coming, it kind of sad to think that we can not have our plants grow outdoor. Layers of snow covering the surroundings, not to mention the fact the cold air and freezing temperatures, they are the main factors why we got to do some better ways to grow our own plants, that is indoor.
A lot of us use herbs for cooking or preparing food for our families and friends, either for everyday meal or whenever we have a party or gathering. Herbs become part of every recipe that we prepare, and we cannot live without them.
Growing herbs indoor is another best alternative to continue on with our gardening hobby no matter what the weather is, even during winter season. We can’t do so much planting inside our home but, we can still do it by planting our favorite varieties of herbs. The key to successfully create an indoor herb garden is to understand the plants requirements and making sure you give them the proper care and attention.
What Herbs Can I Grow
There are some easy herbs that can really grow indoor. You can start your herbs from the seed, but you can harvest sooner if you will start with seelings that you can get from the Garden Center.
- Chives – grow can almost grow anywhere, harvest them like you are cutting a grass, just by clipping. Dried or fresh. chives make excellent additions to fish, soups and other vegetable dishes. Chives are high in sulfur – a natural antibiotic.
- Cilantro – is high in antioxidant vitamin C, as well as other nutrients. It aids in digestion and relieves inflammation. This type of herb has a strong aromaand very powerful, and it is good to use with meats, salsa and other dishes.
- Mint – of all varieties are suitable to grow indoor or outdoors.
- Lemongrass – does not really need to be planted on soil, just make sure to get the one with a lot of stalks from the store, and the base is still intact. Trim the top and soak it in about 2 inches of water.
- Parsley – is the one that is commonly used in every household and very easy to grow. It doesn’t need much light or maintenance. It grows slow, so you won’t have that much for the first harvest. This another herb that has anti-bacterial elements that is good for the immune system.
- Sweet Basil – is one of the most popular kitchen herbs. Basil also offer medicinal uses, anti-inflammatory, that’s why it is good for arthritis, also it’s an insect repellant. When planting, use the smaller globe type of basil for indoor growing so you won’t have a space problem.
- Oregano – is one of the easiest to grow. It needs 6 to 8 hours of sunlight, you might want to place it in a well -lit window.
- Aloe Vera – is known for its soothing propertes especially for burns or other skin problem. It can also be use for hair loss or hair thinning problem. Aloe vera helps with the digestion problem.
- Thyme – is often use to flavor egg, bean and other vegetable dishes, and it is often use for stews and soups.
- Bay Laurel – also known as bay leaf. It is good to use with stews like chcken or beef. It works well indoors, and need to be put outdoors during summer time.
Space Needed For Your Herbs
If you have enough space to spare for your indoor plants, you can have a garden of herbs inside the comfort of your own home. It may not be that easy but, very convenient and satisfying.
- Kitchen Window – make sure you have a sunny windowsill where your herbs will survive even without the natural air. The window where it gives at least 6 hours of sunlight and has no drafts is the best location. If you do not have a reliable sunny window then, you will need an alternative lighting.
- Shelves – Containers all lined up in a shelf beautifully, is another where you can place your herb garden. You just need to provide them the proper lighting.
The Right Temperature
Some herbs cannot tolerate cold temperatures. The best temperature for herbs to grow indoors should be around 60-70 degrees. Make sure that your herb garden is not being affected by drafts from the windows. They are kind of sensitive to even small amounts of cold temperatures, it can kill them. indoor herbs need enough humidity and good circulation of air in order to survive.
You need to spray or mist your herbs at least once a week to keep the humidity up, or you can use a fan to keep the air circulating well.
How to Water Indoor Herbs
Indoor herb gardens need to be watered regularly. They are not supposed to be let dry out, but they should not also be over watered. Check your garden herb daily and just water the top of the soil, just enough to keep them moist. Test the soil with you finger. If the soil s kind of dry, then it is tme to water. Make sure your pots has holes for draining water.
The plants will tell you if they need to be fed. If you noticed that they seem to stop growing, they probably need food. They need to be fertilize at least once a month to help them get the necessary nutrients they need. Feed your herbs with fish based fertilizer. Clip them regularly to promote more growth.
Show Love to Your Indoor Garden Herbs
Herb plants, just like any other plant needs a tender and loving care. They are like humans that needs to be treated with love and proper caring. Talk to them, touch them, feel them, they like it. You will see how they will react to your treatment. They will bloom, and become so alive, and you won’t notice that they are growing faster and healthier. In due time, you will enjoy the fruit of your labor.