growing herbs indoors
While neighborhoods are working to make farmers markets and local produce more accessible to everyone, some people still want to to grown their own. And i would never discouraged anyone from doing so, even if they do not have a backyard! I truly believe there is a way to grow what you can in whatever space you have and I try my best to share any tips I have on doing so. If you are looking for something to grow that you can use everyday and save for a later time, herbs are where its at! I’ve gathered a few tips for growing herbs inside your home, or on your porch.
Give each herb their own pot. They want to grow big naturally and will need the space. Terra cotta pots are best because they are breathable and drain well. While Pinterest may temp you to plant in something cutesy like a vintage tea cup or tin, your herbs will not last long without good drainage. If you do decide to use a vintage tin, be sure to poke holes with a nail and hammer into the bottom.
Move the plants around to catch the most light all day. This can be tough, but it will also help them grow straighter. If your herbs are growing tall or bending but not producing leaves… they need more light.
Do not start from seed. It’s okay to leave the farming to the professionals. Go to your local greenhouse and find plants that are already started. If you are prone to killing plants, this will help you get the most use of the plant and hopefully keep you motivated to keep trying!
Do not transplant an outdoor plant into your indoor container garden because it will have a lower chance of surviving. Even if your mother wants to share her rosemary that she dug up for you, don’t accept it unless you can plant it outside. This transition may be too traumatic for your plant and it may not acclimate easily.
Do not over water your herbs. Pay attention to when the soil becomes dry and that will become your watering schedule. Each time you water make sure the pot is fully soaked and drained. You do not want your plant sitting in water.
Cut your herbs, even if you are not going to use them right away. This will promote growth. You can hang them in a dark room to dry and use at a later time, or put them in your fridge. Honey Can Do makes an herb preserver that I highly recommend! They herbs are stored with a little bit of water to stay fresh and this will extend their fridge life immensely.