Want an easy way to get into gardening? Then try an indoor herb garden!
- 1 large container with 20-inch diameter (plastic or clay, with a drainage hole)
- 1 saucer to fit container
- Certified organic potting soil mix
- Herb plants
- Gravel or screen mesh
- Certified organic fertilizer
To learn the steps,
- Choose a location for your garden that gets at least 5 hours of sun a day, preferably near a Southern or Western window.
- To keep the soil from coming out of your container's drainage hole, cover it loosely with some gravel or screen mesh.
- Sit your pot in a saucer to catch the drainage.
- Fill your pot with 2/3 organic potting soil mix.
- For better selection and advice, go to a nursery that specializes in herbs to buy your plants.
- Choose herbs that need similar amounts of sunlight (i.e., rosemary, thyme, parsley, basil, and oregano all need 5-6 hrs.)
- Place the taller herbs (i.e. rosemary) in the center of your pot, and the others around the sides. Place them at about the same depth they were growing in their nursery pots.
- While planting, gently loosen the soil around each root ball.
- Fill the pot with more soil, to about 2 inches from the top.
- Give them a good first watering, but don't overwater them or let them stand in a saucer full of water.
- Soak once or twice a week, and allow the soil to dry out before watering again.
- Feed your garden once a month with a bit of organic fertilizer.
- Your herbs should be ready for use in a few weeks. Always clip the outer leaves only as you need them, leaving plenty of growth on the plant.
- To maintain your indoor garden long-term, repot it once a year, and renew your annual herbs (i.e. basil, dill, fennel, mint, parsley, rosemary, coriander).
- Check out my post to read about five easy herbs to start your garden.