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Growing Herbs Indoors

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Why Garden Indoors

Indoor herb gardening makes sense in many situations. From a few pots on a windowsill, to an elaborate indoor setup, complete with grow lights, indoor herb gardening is an easy way to care for your herbs from the comfort of your home.

Choosing to grown herbs indoors or out is not an all or nothing choice. We own 65 acres of land, which I garden on, and still grow year round on my kitchen counter. When I am cooking, or someone needs an herbal remedy, the indoor herb garden is the quickest way for me to harvest just what I need.

Indoor herb gardening is also more convenient for the person with little to no outdoor space, or limited mobility. The gift of an indoor garden, placed at waist high level, can bring the sparkle back into a gardener that simply can not get onto the ground to work the soil for whatever reason.

Indoor Garden Supplies

To garden indoors, a few supplies are essential. The containers of any size, should have good drainage, and be filled with a light growing medium. Standard soil will quickly become compacted, if used to fill your indoor garden pots.

Indoor gardeners require additional http://about.pricegrabber.com/search.php?form_keyword=grow+lights&mode=about_herbgardens>grow lights, unless they are lucky enough to have 6 hours or more of sunlight. In my experience, plants grow more evenly, and produce better, under grow lights. Indoor temperatures must be free of drafts around the garden. A few degrees won't make much difference, but a breeze blowing in during the early spring or late fall, can harm your indoor herb plants and cause them to lose leaves or even die.

Indoor gardens also require proper fertilization. This is best done on a schedule, and is different than that of an outdoor garden. Like any garden, group herbs with similar moisture and fertilization requirements together for easy control.

Choosing Indoor Herbs

Many herbs can be grown indoors. Unless particularly large or sensitive, almost anything can be grown in the home environment, although it is not always practical. Indoor herbs are often easy to grow in any situation, and produce prolific leaves. To keep them looking and growing their best, if growing indoors, it is most important to keep your herbs cut back. This helps them retain their shape, continue producing leaves and cuts down on the chance of insect or disease.

Basic Care of The Indoor Herb Garden

Indoor gardens need the same things as an outdoor garden, but you are solely responisble for every aspect of their health, so it is important to know the basics. Follow the guidelines for each of the following, and your indoor garden will grow very well.

Troubleshooting Indoor Garden Problems

Because you are growing your herbs indoors, there are special problems that should be watched out for. Your garden will rely on your for everything, from moisture to airflow, and the stress of getting less than optimal care, will leave your herbs stressed and more apt to be suseptible to insect and disease issues. Here are some things to watch out for:

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