Choosing Appropriate Herbs For Your Indoor Herb Garden

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If you have cultivated an herb garden outside all summer and into the fall, you are probably disappointed that winter is so quickly approaching. You know the nutritional and health benefits to eating natural and fresh foods, and you do not want to have to stop gardening your own herbs. Do not dismay! You can easily bring your herb garden inside of your home for the winter. You can plant a windowsill garden right in your kitchen! By doing this, you can have fresh herbs all winter long.

Herbs Preparation

In order to successfully move your herbs into your home, you will have to have a windowsill that is in a sunny area. The best place to put your windowsill herb garden is a windowsill that gets at least five hours of sunlight per day and has minimal drafts. Often times a south or southeast facing window is perfect. Next, purchase your favorite herb plants. Make sure that these are smaller plants as the area you will be planting them in is probably not as big as your outdoor space. Afterwards, find a container that is near about half a foot to a foot deep. Take a long container if you are planting multiple herbs. For individual plants, you will need the pot to be at least six inches deep. Plant your herbs in the pots just as you would plant them outside (many gardeners have very specific ways that they plant their gardens, from different top soils to various potting mixes!).

Caring For Your Herbs

Once you have your herbs planted and set in the windowsill, make sure that you remember to care for them. However, do not over do it. While they were outside you probably did not have to worry about watering them, but make sure that you water them on occasion when they are in your windowsill garden. But remember, herbs do not flourish in wet soil. In addition, you can feed your herbs once a month with a specific fertilizer that says it is safe for use on edibles. Remember, you have to allow your plants some time to get used to their new setting. Do not cut them until you see new growth. Else your plants will not be able to flourish.

Tips For Your Indoor Herb Garden

First, make sure that you are choosing appropriate herbs for your indoor herb garden. You do not wish to have herbs that grow very tall or wide. Second, if you do not have any sunny windows, use a fluorescent light and keep it on for about ten hours a day. It also should be nearer to the plant about eighteen inches away. Third, you should make sure that you do not trim any more than a third of your plant’s foliage. Additionally, often trimming them will encourage them to grow more, however make sure that there is new growth before you clip away!

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