Some folks just don’t have the time to manage a huge garden however, they still have a need for fresh herbs and spices. Why not grow your herbs indoors? Although I love the fall season I hate saying goodbye to fresh herbs as they die off until next year, so in order to ‘stick it to the man’ I started growing all of my herbs indoors where I can get a year-round harvest.
The best way to start is by picking out some herbs that you commonly use in your kitchen and then make a decision based on what you use most, sometimes more than one plant is necessary. One great benefit is the look on your friends faces as you serve them dinner and tell them that you grew the herbs yourself! Additionally, we’ve found that our little indoor herb garden is a great conversation starter.
Since you are growing your herbs indoors you don’t have to worry about regions so much although you do want to pay attention to how much light that your plants need because you don’t want plants that require very little sunlight with plants that require a lot of sunlight.
Regardless of the plant you are going to need to supplement the amount of sunlight that they are getting in the low light conditions of winter. In many cases you can supplement the sunlight with a T5HO fluorescent fixture that will ensure an even light coverage over all of the plants. Since the bulbs are only 27 watts each they make an efficient supplement for the sun.
Which Herbs Should I Use?
Some herbs that grow great indoors include basil, sage (which we use around Thanksgiving every year), cilantro, tarragon and oregano. While this is just a partial list, there are many others that you can consider however, the only suggestion that I would make is that you stick to non-GMO seeds! Go organic if possible, your family and friends deserve the best and really the difference in price is minimal and the quality of the finished product is on par with the herbs that are used in the finest restaurants.
Planting Your Herbs
Now that you have selected your herbs, choose a plastic or nylon pot or at least beware that terra-cotta pots tend to leak because water will soak through pores in the clay. I like to put a handful of gravel on the bottom of the pot in order for the plants to drain properly. After this, add some high quality soil to the pots and you are ready to plant. You can pickup high quality soil at a gardening or hydroponics store for a reasonable price or purchase some online and they will ship it directly to your home.
Now it’s time to plant your seeds, be careful and pay attention to the correct depths for your seeds. Seeds that are planted too deep or too shallow may cause them to not germinate, after we have went through all of this trouble we want our little herb garden to be successful! Now that our seeds are planted water them liberally but not enough to where the seeds are under water.
From here on out all you have to do is wait and keep the soil moist! Most herbs germinate in under 10 days however, some are stubborn and take a little bit longer. Generally after 2 weeks it’s safe to say that all of your seeds should be germinated and sprouting nicely. At this time if some of your seeds didn’t sprout up you can plant some replacement seeds to take their places.
If you remember this brief advice, you will be enjoying your own freshly grown herbs all year long.
If you are tired of paying high prices at the supermarket, why not grow your own herb garden? It’s honestly cheaper than buying herbs and very easy to do! You could be germinating award winning herbs in your very own indoor herb garden [http://www.eindoorherbgardening.com] as soon as next week. All you need is some soil, a cheap pot and some seeds and you will be well on your way to eating gourmet quality herbs and spices all year long. The best part about this whole process is most herbs grow in very little sunlight and you can reap the benefits of your harvest year round! Simply set your pots on a window sill, keep them watered and you will be enjoying harvest after harvest of hand picked homegrown herbs.