"The best containers for your indoor herb garden are glazed clay (terracotta) pots"
So, what’s the benefits of an indoor herb garden?
Well, you can grow herbs all year round.
You will always have fresh herbs available when you want them, just right for adding to those menus.
They will add something special to your kitchen, they are both decorative and most herbs are aromatic.
It will save you money, buying pre-packed herbs from supermarkets is not cheap. Once they are growing yours will be free.
Its easy to grow herbs indoors, once they are growing away they need very little attention other than watering every couple of days or as they need it.
There are many indoor herb growing kits available from garden centers and nurseries like this one, with a stand, 3 ceramic pots, compost, 3 packets of different herb seeds and simple instructions.
They are easy to use, just add water to the compost, then fill the pots, sow the seeds and lightly cover them over with compost, water in and leave them somewhere warm and light.
The seeds will soon germinate and aftercare is simple, just water as needed.
A perfect indoor herb garden.
You can grow lots of different herbs indoors, here’s a few good ones to try that will get your mouth watering:
Many herbs can be grown from seed, but the easiest way is to by small plants from your garden nursery or garden center. Make sure they are small and not growing in 15cm (6inch) pots, these are far too big.
Herbs are readily available from garden nurseries and garden centers, so you should have no trouble finding the ones you want.
Only buy healthy looking plants, disregard any that are yellowing, limp, spindly, have marks on their leaves, show signs of aphid attack or are pot bound.
If you don’t already have containers to grow them in you will be able to buy pots, tubs, troughs or whatever takes your fancy from the same place as your herbs.
The best containers for your indoor herb garden are glazed clay (terracotta) pots. Although you can use other containers, plastic, metal or whatever takes your fancy. Just make sure they have a drainage hole in the bottom.
But glazed clay (terracotta) are best as they retain heat well around the roots, are functional and are attractive.
Being glazed they are usually available in many different colours, patterns and shades which means you can choose the colours to best compliment your home décor.
You will need some soil less compost to grow your herbs in, an ordinary potting compost, peat based or non peat based is ideal.
For best growing conditions for your herbs add some fine grade horticultural grit or Perlite to the compost.
About 75% compost and 25% grit or Perlite is about right.
Place a few stones in the bottom of your pot or container, this will stop the drainage hole from blocking.
Fill your pots with the compost mix to about 5cm (2inches) below the top of the pot, gently remove your herbs from their small pots, place them in your glazed pots and cover the roots with more of your compost mix.
Leave a gap of about 10mm (I/2inch) from the compost to surface of the soil so you can easily water them.
You can plant them in individual pots or you can plant two, three or more in the same pot. Just make sure there is enough space between each herb so they can grow.
Once planted water the pot so the compost is moist, not water-logged.
Don’t forget to stand your pots on a tray so the water doesn’t run out all over the place.
You will need to place your herbs in good light, a south facing windowsill is just the job.
Your indoor herb garden needs to get as much sun as possible, about five hours a day will do, but the more the better.
If they are kept in poor light they will grow spindly, the leaves may droop and drop off and they will not grow properly and will eventually collapse.
To keep your herbs growing at their best keep them in a temperature of around 16 deg C (60 deg F) during the day and a minimum night temperature of 10 deg C (50 deg F).
And that's all there is to it, growing herbs indoors is really quite easy.
So once planted up and placed in good light all that is left to do is to admire them, keep the compost just moist, don’t over water, and harvest your herbs as you need them.
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