How to Start Growing Herbs Indoor even if You’re not a Gardener
Gardening has become mainstream during the lockdown period caused by the worldwide pandemic.
Fortunately for some, they have a spacious backyard where they can grow various kinds of plants. Yet, that doesn’t hinder some to fulfill their gardening desires even if they don’t have a backyard at all. Thanks to indoor gardening.
While most people prefer growing ornamentals, there are quite a few who love to grow herbs as their houseplants.
Now, whether you already have an indoor garden or you’re just starting up to plant, here are some of the primary herbs that I want to recommend you growing.
I’m sure you’ll definitely enjoy and take advantage of these.
Basil is one of the most common herbs that can quickly grow indoors. However, it requires a little bit of your care and attention. Follow these tips in taking care of your basil, and you’ll surely enjoy its natural aromatic fragrance at home.
- Basil should be planted in a small pot using a well-draining potting mix to avoid water-logging its roots.
- It will also require 8 to 10 hours of indirect sunlight. I prefer placing it on a south-facing window where sunlight is usually abundant.
- Water your plant once or twice a week. Make sure that you remove excess water from the pot saucer 10 to 15 minutes after watering it.
- If you plan on using your basil as food condiments, you might want to add organic fertilizer once a month to balance the soil pH level.
If you’re not familiar with chervil, well, the best way to describe it is by merely looking at parsley. They are almost identical, in fact, chervil is usually referred to as French Parsley. So, if you want to have an instant garnish on your dishes, try growing this in your indoor garden.
- Apparently, chervil loves the cold weather, so consider planting them 2 weeks before the winter season.
- During summer, water your plant once or twice a week since this herb thrives in a humid and moist environment.
- If your chervil is located beside the window, make sure that you’re using a shade to limit sunlight’s entry. This plant prefers shady and dim places.
- There are times that bolting happens rapidly, therefore placing your plant near the kitchen where you can access it quickly when cooking is a good option.
If you love salad, it’s probably recommended for you to grow chives in your kitchen. This famous salad garnish usually germinates in two weeks or less, so utilizing it regularly is not a problem at all.
- Chive enjoys humid weather, so always allow its soil to be a bit moist from time to time. But be careful not to overwater it, or else the roots will be prone to rotting.
- For best practice in providing indoor humidity, place your plant near a tray of pebbles filled with water.
- Applying compost tea is also a good idea since it can add up an adequate amount of moisture in the soil.
- Though Chives love cold environments, it also requires 6 to 8 hours of shaded sunlight.
Whether you prefer using it as a tea or as an essential oil, mint is undoubtedly a vigorous herb that can easily thrive even with minimal attention. In fact, you might probably see this herb growing in your backyard, in a potted can, or even in a bottle of water.
- In planting your mint, add sand peat and perlite to your soil to give an additional well-draining feature.
- Preferably, locate your plant in an east-facing window so that it will only receive a minimal amount of sunlight.
- Just like any other herbs, mint prefers a moist environment. Therefore, watering it twice or thrice a week is definitely a good practice.
- This herb is a grower, so save your bucks from buying fertilizers.
Growing up, I really hate the smell of oregano, but understanding its health benefits makes me change my perspective… Well, probably just a little.
- In planting, use a well-draining potting mix in a pot with excellent drainage underneath.
- Oregano is a sun-lover, so you might want to place it near your window. Typically, it requires 6 to 8 hours of sunlight.
- In contrast with other herbs, oregano prefers to be dried out a bit before receiving water. The best way to know if your oregano needs watering is by simply touching if the soil is dry.
Though parsley is commonly used as a garnish, it could also add a promising landscape to your house. Growing parsley indoors is not as complicated as it looks. Here are some tips to consider.
- Plant your parsley in a pot where there is enough draining hole underneath. Add sand to the soil to give a much more draining feature.
- Allow your plant to receive 5 to 6 hours of indirect sunlight.
- For best results, fertilize your plant once every 2 weeks using Fish Emulsion.
With the list of herbs provided, I can assume that rosemary is one of the most complicated to grow indoors that even some gardeners failed to make it prosper inside their home. But, here are some profound pieces of advice that you can try to make your rosemary thrive as a houseplant.
- Rosemary requires 6 to 8 hours of full direct sunlight. It simply needed the aid of too much sunlight in producing energy.
- There is no best schedule to water your rosemary, as long as the soil is dry, it definitely needs water.
- Rosemary is prone to having powdery mildew. Therefore placing it in a well-ventilated area is highly advisable.
Known for its aromatic and kitchen usage, thyme is an excellent herb to grow indoors for newbie gardeners. Though it’s easy, it will still require a portion of your attention to grow and become ready for your dish.
- Use a mixture of perlite, potting soil, and peat moss in planting your thyme.
- Place it on a southwest-facing window where it can receive 5 to 6 hours of indirect sunlight.
- Apparently, to double the harvest, you need to repot your thyme every season, especially when it outgrows the pot.
- If possible, let your thyme experience the outdoor environment once every week. But don’t place it immediately in an area where there is direct sunlight.
What herbs can be planted together?
Herbs that do have the exact environmental requirements are best plotted with each other. Thyme, oregano, and rosemary can be planted together since they can be all placed in a dry potting mix and under sunlight. On the other hand, basil, chervil, parsley, and mint are all fond of humid environments. Therefore it’s safe to say that they can all be potted together.
What herbs should not be planted together?
Simply reciprocating the answer above, you can’t plant herbs with different environmental requirements such as type of soil, sunlight, and watering frequency.
Can you plant out supermarket herbs?
Definitely, splitting your supermarket herbs for culinary and garden usage is an excellent minimalist idea. Given that you will provide the necessary growth requirements, I can personally attest that it will thrive.
Gardening herbs indoors is a worthwhile hobby. It can be fun and rewarding, given the idea that you don’t need to visit the supermarket to buy condiments and garnish.
It can also provide a relaxing scent and beautiful ambiance to your house.
If you haven’t tried growing indoor herbs, then it might be the perfect time to spice up your indoor garden.