How to take care of herbs indoors:
Indoor grown herb tips:
Being able to grow herbs indoors is so easy, the concept of being able to easily stretch your arms to grab freshly grown thyme to spruce up your bolognaise not only sounds dreamy but is delicious. Regardless of whether you are considering growing edibles indoors or just planning to keep some indigenous plants around the house, there is unfortunately some thought process. Herbs are generally considered a bit tricky by most especially those with a lesser green thumb. However we at Village gardens are aiming to guide everyone on the right path with a few tips. Whether your bringing your herbs inside for just over the winter or planning to grow them indoors all year round.
Growing herb indoors: the 7 ways to succeed.
- Light: This is first in line because just like any other plants need light, so do herbs. Anything between 6-10 hours of light a day is considered efficient to help your herbs photosynthesis. A great way to orientate your indigenous herbs around your home is by either targeting your south or south west direction as your north facing windows receive less sun. And if your home is bathed in shade, consider fluorescent light bulbs, energy saving ones of course, switching these on for the recommended time and bringing them approximately 15-16cm close to your herbs, should do the job .
- Snip, snip, and snip away: Most people tend to fear sniping their herb, however this is perfectly fine, and beneficial to the plant as it encourages new growth that will result in bushier plants.
- Watering: Provide your herb with plenty of water while still keeping in mind to not drown their roots or little legs as I call them . A simple old school finger test prior to watering your indoor herbs is an excellent idea. This tip also goes hand in hand with ensuring you provide your herbs with good drainage. Drainage is actually the key here… please please ensure you have drainage.
- Soil: When it comes to herbs grown from containers, we would recommend potting soil over regular soil. Potting soil will provide your herbs with enough air to let water sip through, whereas regularly soil in a pot will tend to compact over time.
- Pick your herbs wisely: Not all herb are suited for your window seal. Some herb can take over your window seal as they grow rather large. Other herb are best grown from seeds into the new location. Some herb can only just be brought in during cold seasons either then that, they thrive better outdoors. You also have choices between herbs that oxygenate your indoor space and some that don’t. In fact rather ask Tracey at Village Gardens as this sounds quite confusing
- Temperature: Herbs generally do well in temperature conditions you would be comfortable in, so try keeping it that way. And do keep your environment as airy and fresh as possible.
- Feed your herbs: Yes, every 2 months add some fertilizer that can help promote your herbs growth, this is also known to make your herbs more flavorful. However not just any type of fertilizer will suffice for your herb; pick fertilizers that are considered safe to use on edible plants and the more organic, the better.
We hope this lists helps you have a thriving indoor herb experience. And for any enquires or your next quote for your upcoming indigenous landscape design, contact us at Village Gardens.
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