Create an Indoor Herb Garden for the Home’s Chef

INDOOR HERB GARDEN
A small investment for the family home…

MarchHerbArticleImagesDo you or someone in your family love to cook? Clipping your own culinary herbs can be the family chef’s best friend. There are many advantages to growing herbs throughout the year including convenience, a fun project or hobby for household members, and it can be extremely cost-effective compared to the added expense of frequent purchases at the grocery store.

Soil
KEY: PREMIUM LIGHTWEIGHT POTTING MIX

Drainage is important for indoor planters and an organic potting soil or premium lightweight multipurpose potting mix are the best options for indoor gardening. Many packages will specify if the product is best used for outdoor gardening or indoor use (or both).

  • Peat is an option to be included in the soil mix but a “peat-base” product loses moisture very quickly and harder to maintain a successful watering if allowed to dry out completely
  • Herb plants sitting in water is not good for the production and survival of the plant as the roots can be introduced to rot
  • Suggested lightweight premium mix ingredients may include vermiculite and perlite to aerate the soil mix

Containers
KEY: AVOID CONTAINERS THAT PREVIOUSLY CONTAINED TOXINS; CONTAINERS SHOULD HAVE PLENTY OF DRAINAGE HOLES

  • All containers are acceptable – unglazed terra cotta is better for moisture and air to pass through
  • Be creative and use your personal touch when selecting a container for your home based on your personality and home décor; chalk paint is a terrific option for decorating repurposed containers
  • If repurposing a container be sure the previous contents were not toxic to plants or people
  • Minimum of 6” pots should be considered for herb plants – choose a container that will be large enough for the full growth of the herb plant and room for the roots
  • Generous drainage holes are important for the success of your herb plants

Planting
KEY: PLANT HERBS IN INDIVIDUAL CONTAINERS

  • Some herb plants are invasive species so plant each type of herb in a separate container
  • Plant in a container to accommodate full size of adult growth
  • Always use quality lightweight potting soil
  • Herbs are susceptible to fungus and rot so plant in container with ample drainage holes
  • Ventilation of the container is suggested so you may consider placing small pebbles in the bottom of the container in an attempt to avoid water to pool at the roots

Watering
KEY: WATER HERBS WHEN THE SOIL BECOMES DRY TO THE TOUCH

  • Some herbs value moister soil than others but as a general rule water the plant when the soil becomes dry to the touch – use the finger and press fingernail deep into the soil to evaluate depth of moisture
  • Always use tepid room temperature water; never use cold water that will shock the herb plant
  • The type of container used will determine the frequency of watering; for example, terra cotta pots will require more frequent watering than a plastic container (this will be a trial and error for a few weeks and will require daily inspection)
  • Water less often if your home is cool
  • Water less often if your herb plant is ailing
  • The herb plant should never sit in a saucer of water
  • Always remember that a common mistake is over-watering the plant

Location
KEY: PLACE HERB PLANTS IN A SUNNY SPOT WITH AT LEAST 5 HOURS OF DAILY SUN

  • Herb plants require various amounts of sun each day but as a general rule place in a sunny location near a window that provides 5-6 hours of sun each day
  • Suggested locations for your indoor herb garden includes the kitchen, sunroom, morning room, a location with skylights present, or a screened front or back porch
  • Windows that face south, southwest are the better locations; however, east and west facing windows will also provide at some point during the day
  • Position the herbs that require more sun in the middle and arrange the less demanding herbs on the sides
  • Indoor areas with temperatures of 55-75 degrees offer better results

Herbs
KEY: HERE ARE SOME OF THE MORE COMMON HERBS ADAPTABLE TO INDOOR GARDENING

Basil, Bay, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Oregano, Mint(s), Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme

When buying herb plants for your indoor garden it is best to purchase plants from green house nurseries to avoid shock, trauma and reduced production of transferring from the outdoors to an indoor environment.

Source: Article by Kenneth Bargers; March 2014 Monthly Newsletter, In The News (030514)

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