Have you ever considered starting your own herb garden? Believe it or not, many popular and commonly used herbs are some of the easiest plants to take care of. Growing your own herbs can help you save money at the grocery store while providing you with a constant, fresh supply of organically grown herbs that you can add instantly to your favorite meals. Most herbs can grow indoors or outdoors, as long as they get enough light and don’t get too cold. Follow these tips and give herb growing a chance!
Indoors: If growing your garden indoors, pick a spot that gets six or more hours of direct sunlight every day. Keep plants away from ovens, stoves and heating and cooling vents. Mist the plants occasionally if your air tends to be dry.
Outdoors: If growing your garden outdoors, leave potted herbs out during the warm months and move them inside when the temperature drops below 50 degrees F. Use mulch to cover any shallow rooted herbs to help battle colder temperatures.
Supplies: Several small herb starter plants; Terra cotta pots, a large planter or several small pots if keeping plants separate; Light potting soil or soil-free potting mix; Fertilizer, labeled safe for edible plants.
Step 1: Containers should be at least 6-8 inches deep and 6-8 inches in diameter for individual plants. If grouping multiple plants into one large container, make sure the pot is big enough to allow at least 6 inches between plants.
Step 2: Spread a 3 inch layer of potting mix along the bottom of the pot. Place the plants on top and surround them with more potting mix until they reach the same depth in which they were originally potted. Make sure the plants are steady but not packed too tightly. Leave a little space between the top of the soil and the top of the pot.
Step 3: Place the pots on top of a saucer or planter tray and water the herbs until you see it coming out of the bottom of the plants. Once it has drained completely, discard the water so the plant isn’t sitting in it.
Step 4: Once new growths start to appear, you can clip them to use immediately in the kitchen. Be careful not to clip off more than a third of the plant’s leaves at one time or it could stop growing.