The latest green craze is giving new life to the age-old practice of growing fresh herbs. An indoor herb garden doesn’t just yield aromatic plants – it also helps your home smell great, increases moisture absorption and reduces chemicals entering the soil from outside. Start your indoor herb garden with this blog post.
You’ll learn everything you need to know about starting an indoor herb garden, including tips on selecting a location, building the right structure and design for your space, creating soil for your plants and more. Read on for tips on creating the perfect planting environment for your indoor herbs at home.
Plan your space before you plant anything
Before you start planting herbs, you’ll need to think about where you’ll be growing them. When you plan your space, you’ll be able to select the right location for your indoor herb garden. You’ll want to select a location that has the following properties:
Enough sunlight – The most important factor in indoor herb gardening is sunlight. Because herbs grow in soil, they require light to grow and absorb nutrients. If your indoor herb garden doesn’t receive enough sunlight, your herbs will be leggy and spindly.
Enough airflow – The ideal indoor herb garden will have adequate airflow to prevent over- or under-drying. Weeding, watering, and other activities will cause airflow to slow down and speed up, which can change the temperature of your space and affect your herbs. You don’t want one herb to get too much heat while another gets too little.
Enough water – Your indoor herb garden will need adequate water to prevent it from getting too dry and dying. You don’t want the soil to be completely soaked but, rather, evenly moist.
Consider your light source before choosing your herbs
Herbs are very different in their light needs. Some herbs thrive in direct sunlight and others need shaded, indirect light. If you are growing herbs for medicinal purposes, you also want herbs that receive the light spectrum that is best for that herb. If you aren’t sure about the light requirements for the herbs in your collection, take the time to learn about their medicinal properties and how they are used medicinally.
Shaping your herb garden around the medicinal properties of the herbs will help you select the right herbs for your needs. Licorice, for example, has been used as a remedy for a wide range of ailments, including kidney stones and stomach ailments. Sage, on the other hand, is used to treating cough, cold and bronchitis.
If you’re growing herbs for culinary purposes, you’ll also want to consider the herbs’ flavour. Some herbs, like black pepper, are used more for their flavour than their medicinal properties. There are other things to consider, too.
What is your mood when you’re planning your herb garden? Do you want to relax, feel inspired or have a peaceful, quiet time? Where are your children? And how about your pets? What are their preferences? Finally, what is your budget? If you have a tight budget, you may want to consider growing herbs for culinary use only. There are several herbs, like basil and thyme, that are used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
Know what grows in your climate and where to get it
Knowing what grows in your climate will help you choose the right herbs for your climate and will also give you an idea of where to get the herbs you need. While many herbs are easy to grow, to grow them successfully, you’ll need to know what climate your area has and what herbs grow in that climate.
When choosing what herbs to grow, you’ll also want to consider your space’s humidity level. While many herbs thrive well in moderate to high humidity, some, like mint, do well in low humidity. Knowing your space’s humidity level and the humidity level your herbs will tolerate will help you select the right herbs for your indoor herb garden. If you plan on growing any of the following herbs, you’ll want to choose herbs that are easy to grow and can tolerate lower humidity levels:
- Basil – Hardy to tropical climates with high sunlight and grows best in cold climates
- Cinnamon – Hardy to tropical climates with high sunlight and grows best in warm climates
- Mint – Hardy to tropical climates with low humidity and grows best in low humidity
- Rosemary – Hardy to temperate climates with moderate sunlight and grows best in moderate sunlight
- Thyme – Hardy to tropical climates with high sunlight and grows best in moderate sunlight
- Vanilla – Hardy to tropical climates with high sunlight and grows best in warm climates
Choose the right plants for your space and humidity level
The right plants for your space and humidity level will also depend on what you’re growing. If you want to grow basil, for example, you’ll want to choose a container with good soil drainage so that the excess water can drain through the soil. You’ll need to create your soil mix for your basil container, as commercial potting soils contain chemicals that herbs do not need.
If you’re growing rosemary, you’ll want to select a container with a good drainage system and plant rosemary in a container with good drainage. The rosemary needs to be planted in a container with good drainage, as it does not tolerate wet conditions. If you’re growing thyme, you’ll want to choose a container with good soil drainage. The thyme also needs good drainage, as it is intolerant of wet conditions.
Create planting mix before planting
When you’re ready to plant your herbs, the first thing you’ll want to do is create a planting mix. This will help you create the perfect planting mix for your herbs with the right amount of soil and nutrients for healthy growth.
First, you’ll want to gently remove the soil from the container, leaving the good soil in the container for the herbs. Next, you’ll want to use a 1:1 ratio of sand to potting soil. You can also use a 1:2 ratio of potting soil to sand, but the herbs will need to be watered less often. For best results, use a 1:3 ratio of potting soil to sand, and the herbs will have ideal drainage. Next, you’ll want to add some organic mulch to your mix to help retain soil moisture and help prevent evaporation. You can also add pebbles, gravel, broken bricks or any other porous item to improve drainage.
Keep soil moist but not soggy
When watering your herbs, you want to make sure to water lightly but often. Herbs need water to stay healthy, and over-watering can kill them, so you want to make sure your soil remains moist. If you let the soil get too soggy, you’ll lose the nutrients that the soil naturally holds, and the herbs will start dying.
You want to water your herbs enough to make a layer of soil just slightly below the surface of the container. This will allow water to slowly move through the soil and let it stay evenly moist, preventing soggy soil. When watering your herbs, make sure to water from the bottom of the pot up, not from the side. This will prevent water from splashing out of the pot and onto the plants, causing damage or death.
Feed your herbs often so they grow healthy & strong
When growing herbs indoors, you’ll want to feed them often. The best way to feed your herbs is to use an organic, all-purpose organic fertilizer. Organic fertilizers are made to mimic the minerals in the soil naturally, so they’re perfect for fertilizing your herbs. You can also use an all-free liquid plant food or an all-natural organic fertilizer.
When feeding your herbs, you want to make sure to use water that has not been treated with chemicals. Water from your tap should be fine. If you are using a bottle of water, make sure to open the cap before pouring it into the container. A chemical-treated water bottle can cause serious damage to your herbs.
Don’t use artificial light
Herbs are incredibly sensitive to light, and they don’t thrive well when exposed to too much of it. Artificial light will stress your plants out and lead to them flowering and dying. So, it’s best to grow your herbs indoors in a dim room with proper light. You can grow your herbs in a sunny window, but keep in mind that the window is the only source of light that your plants will receive.
You can also grow herbs in a greenhouse. Some of the advantages to growing herbs in a greenhouse are that you can grow herbs indoors all year round, you don’t have to worry about watering your garden (because you can water your herbs from the greenhouse), and you can grow a variety of herbs.
Choose the right container for your herb
When choosing the right container for your herb, you want to keep a few things in mind. First, you want to choose a container that is at least 3 feet tall or at least 2 feet in diameter. Secondly, you want to make sure that the container is at least one foot in depth, and it should also have a lip on the top that is at least 4-inches wide.
There are several things to keep in mind when choosing the right container for your herb. First, you want to make sure that the container is sturdy and won’t break easily. Also, you want to make sure that the container can hold the soil you intend to use.
Care should be taken when watering your plant
When watering your herbs, you want to make sure that you don’t over-water them. If you water your herbs too much, you run the risk of drowning them or damaging their roots. When watering your herbs, you want to make sure you’re only watering them from the bottom of the container. You should also make sure that you don’t leave water sitting in the container overnight. This is because it can lead to your herbs being overwatered and possibly damaged.
Know what you can and can’t grow indoors
Before you start planting seeds in pots, you want to make sure you know what you can and can’t grow indoors. This way, you’ll know what herbs to choose and what container to use. There are a few herbs that can be grown indoors, but there are also a few that can’t. Below, we’ll go into a little more detail about each one.
- Herbs that can be grown indoors include mints, oreganos, and basil. There are also a few rose varieties that are suitable for indoor planting. Other herbs that can be grown indoors include thyme, tarragon, and sage.
- Herbs that you should avoid growing indoors are marjoram, rosemary, savoury, garlic, and ginger.
Keep your plants healthy and happy
When growing indoor herbs, it’s important to make sure they get the proper amount of sunlight, water, and nutrients. You can do this by having your herbs sit in a sunny window, or by using a greenhouse or indoor garden. It’s also important to keep your herbs well-fed. This means feeding your herbs every few weeks with a liquid fertiliser. You can also feed your herbs every few weeks by watering them with a portion of indoor plant food.
Be sure to clean your humidity component too!
Having a healthy indoor environment is important, but it’s also important to clean your humidity component. This means you should clean your humidifier and change the water often.
You should also clean your container regularly and make sure it’s free from all sorts of debris. When you clean your humidity component, you want to make sure you clean the inside of the component and the water tank. You should also make sure that you clean the inside of the water container and any traces of dirt, pollen, or dust. You should also clean the outside of your component with a soft damp cloth.
There are other ways to repel pests in a greenhouse or indoor garden too!
If you’re propagating your herbs through cuttings, there are other ways you can repel pests in a greenhouse or indoor garden too. You can use pest-repellent essential oils and natural pesticides to keep pests away from your herbs.
You can also use plug-in ultrasonic gadgets, which repel and eliminate unwanted pests. You can also create a natural insect-repellent garden by planting flowers and herbs, as well as repel insects with garlic and other plants.