Do you love gardening as well as cooking? Well, most of us do but our tight schedule sometimes prevents us from starting up our own garden. However, you can still grow simple herbs indoors since it doesn’t need much of your time and it only requires a small space. If you are interested then here are some basic guides in growing your first indoor herbs.
Choose the best spot.
Before buying materials, allocate a space first where you want to grow your herbs. Knowing how big or how small the space is will give you a clear picture of how many herbs you can grow. Choose a place near the window to help the herbs get sufficient sunlight. If it’s impossible, there are artificial lights that can help promote growth for your plants.
Setup Good Drainage
When growing herbs, you should make sure that a proper drainage system is in place to prevent the roots from getting soaked up in a lot of water. Too much water can cause the roots to rot if it doesn’t get drained properly. Good choices for pots are those that are made out of plastic, rubber or metal. Clay pots are good in draining the water but not best choice since it drains the water too fast leaving the roots of the plants very dry most of the time. This becomes problematic especially if you are living in a hot and dry climate.
Choose a Suitable Type of Soil
One of the things that you will need to consider is the type of soil you will use for your herbs. Always pick organic over non-organic soil as it is reusable and contains micro-organisms that helps add nutrients to the plants. You should also use lighter soil as heavy type of soil tends to retain too much water making it too soggy, however, avoid very light type since it dries out very quickly.
Maintain Good Indoor Temperature
Most herbs prefer the common indoor temperature which is around 65 to 70 degrees F. If you are able to maintain that temperature inside the house, then your herbs should be fine. At night time, temperature might drop but 55-60 degrees F is not that bad and some types of herbs might even like it. During winter, keep your plants from touching the glass as it may get nipped by the cold.
Pick your Herbs and Spices
Even herbs differ in terms of growth rate and propagation. The ideal way to grow herbs indoors especially in the kitchen, is to group them up according to these factors. Rhizomes such as ginger, asparagus and turmeric grow too tall which makes it difficult to fit them in a kitchen set up. Bulbs such as onions and garlic can be grown in a small space given their full-grown size.