Growing an indoor herb garden, makes gardening easier than ever. Herbs are especially handy to have indoors, because we are usually growing them for culinary or medicinal use. Having them right in our home makes them handy for using.
When growing herbs indoors, there are a few considerations to think about before deciding to invest in the indoor garden. For the sake of this article, the indoor herb garden will address the needs of a home cook or family herbalist. Although there are amazing setups for large scale indoor gardening, they are beyond the scope of this article.
Before starting an indoor herb garden, consider the lighting needs of each herb you want to grow. If you are not using grow lights, your herbs can be placed in a location that will allow them the best amount of light. For instance:
Sun loving herbs need at least 6 hours of sunlight. Some sun loving herbs include:
Other herbs like sunlight, but can tolerate less of it and cooler temperatures. These herbs include:
Some herbs prefer the brightness of sunlight, but prefer even cooler temperatures of around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, to bloom. These herbs include:
If you have less than 6 hours of bright sunlight a day, try herbs that tolerate and actually thrive in this type of environment. Try some of the following herbs:
If you have an even less sunny and cooler area still, you can still successfully grow the following:
No matter what type of herbs you are considering for your indoor herb garden, along with light, you also have to consider the temperature of the surrounding air. For most herbs, a steady range of 60 – 70 degrees Farenheit during the day and a 10 degree drop at night, is ideal. Herbs are tolerant of a wider range of temperatures, from 50 to over 75 degrees, but their growth will be considerably less and the stress they are under, makes them more susceptible to disease and insect damage.
Do not forget that drafts are damaging to your indoor herb garden. A quick change in temperature from an open door or window, can shock and weaken the herb plants. They can become damaged and wither ofer time, when the actual culprit was a blast of cold air days earlier. Herbs do not like cold drafts, but they do need fresh air circulation. Do not be afraid to keep a small fan on in a room where you plants live. They will benefit from the air moving gently, and their health will benefit.
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Watering is up to you when your plants are indoors only. Any plant grown in a container needs more frequent watering, and dry out more quickly than if they were outside.
To monitor your indoor herbs and keep them watered properly, it is a good idea to put your gardening on a schedule. That way, your herbs will never become extremely dry and be put under stressfull conditions.
Use room temperature water (warm is better than cold), and like your outdoor herb garden, water in the morning, so the plant has time to absorb the water before the heat of the sun affects it, and so that it doesn’t stay damp all night in temperatures that can promote mildew or disease.
Drainage is also important. Even herbs that like moist soil, do not like to sit IN the water for long. Keep your herb pots in a tray full of gravel to allow room for them to drain properly, yet remain damp.
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Your indoor herb garden will need fertilizer, but at a much weaker dose than you would feed in the outdoor garden. Check out this article for more fertilizing information: