Sunday, January 24, 2010

Great Tips on Indoor Herb Gardening

By Tim Adam

Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener's Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and MoreA lot of people are now into indoor herb gardening. Yard space is no longer a problem when growing herbs because provided that you have containers or pots, you will have a fresh supply of herbs like basil, parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and many others. It does not really matter if you lack experience because the tips below may be able to help you. Indoor herb gardening is simple and you can start on it right away.
Determine your budget now so that you can start shopping for the needed supplies. If you have containers at home, you may use them but if you prefer a more presentable container, you should buy pots from garden centers. Never forget to get fertilizer, gloves, small spade, and soil. If you have garden soil in your yard, it can be used for indoor herb gardening but you should check if it is right for herbs. The soil should be well drained which means that when you pick up the soil, it will break easily. Commercial soil is recommended because it already contains nutrients and plant foods.

Choosing the right type of soil is very important because if you use the wrong soil, the herbs will not thrive in indoor herb gardening. A gardener should also know a great deal about the growth requirements of various herbs. You can gather helpful info online as to how tall or small the herbs can grow. Among the large growing herbs are oregano, mint, and bee balm. Smaller varieties can be planted in large containers but make sure that you provide adequate space for each of the herbs.

Chia Gourmet Herb GardenHerbs & Spices: The Cook's ReferenceIn indoor herb gardening, you must be aware that herbs usually need 4-6 hours of sunlight and this is a great consideration so try placing the pots where there is direct sunlight. The windowsill is an excellent place to grow herbs though you must be careful not to flip the herb over the window. Look for other areas in your home where there is sunlight. During winter, you may need to supply artificial lighting in indoor herb gardening. Grow-lights are now available in the market and these lights provide full spectrum light required by the herbs.
All pots and containers located outside should be transferred in side the house during winter. The pots can be placed on the kitchen counter and in an enclosed patio. Try to provide the needed humidity, water, and light. You need to monitor the herbs regularly if you are into indoor herb gardening to ensure maximum growth. Drowning the herbs in water can rot the roots so try using a water meter.

You should also watch out for pests since insects can easily attack the herb varieties indoors. You can use soapy water to kill the insects. Spray the soapy water under the leaves or you can also dip the herb in the water. Just make sure you don not put the soapy water in the soil. Start with in indoor herb gardening now and you can have a year supply of fresh and dried herbs.

Tim is an experienced herb gardener and loves to grow herbs. To learn more about indoor herb gardening as well as other great herb gardening, planting, growing and using techniques check out his dedicated herb growing and care website http://www.herbgardeningplace.com

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