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Your Indoor Herb Garden

Herb Garden on a WindowsillIndoor herb gardens hold several advantages for West Harford renters who not only cook but may just want to beautify their homes with greenery and fragrance. Growing herbs indoors is neither costly nor difficult, however, it takes some preparation and the right information. It can also be an incredible method to get on track if you haven’t gardened much previously. If you’ve ever considered starting an indoor herb garden, keep reading to become familiar with which herbs work best indoors and how to properly care for your herbs as they grow.

An herb garden is an extraordinary way to enjoy fresh produce while adding natural beauty to your home’s interior. But before you begin, you just need to know which herbs grow best indoors. Different herb plants have different light and soil needs, and so choosing the right herbs is a significant initial step. Those that do best inside include options like rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, mint, and parsley. Most garden centers carry seedlings of these plants in the spring, making it easy to get your new garden established.

When you realize which type of herbs you want to grow, the next step is to prepare your growing containers. Almost any type of container will work as long as it has good drainage and a way to protect the surface underneath. It is alright to start small, but remember that if your plants thrive, you may end up needing to repot your herb plants pretty soon. Fill every container with a potting mix, not potting soil; potting mix has more organic matter that will help encourage strong growth. Some gardeners prefer to keep different herb plants separate in their own pots or containers, however, it isn’t important to do so. As long as each plant has enough room to grow and send down roots, they will grow fine.

With your containers prepared and your plants chosen, the following step is to choose where to place your herb garden. Your plants will need between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight every day, so a sunny windowsill or similar area regularly works best. If you don’t have a windowsill, there are many creative choices available, from wall planters to containers that stick directly to the glass. Herbs do not grow well without at least some direct sunlight, but they also can’t stand too much. Finding the perfect “goldilocks” spot that feels JUST RIGHT is the key to healthy plants.

Your herb garden will also require proper amounts of water. With regards to herbs, the idea is to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Add water in small amounts, and take care not to let the soil dry out completely between watering. Both too little water and too much water is bad for herb plants, so it is a smart idea to save the little tags that come with seedlings and follow the suggested amounts. It may also be useful to keep track of when and how much you are watering your plants.

Once your herbs are established, you can start harvesting leaves to season your food. Garden-fresh herbs are delicious and healthy, not to mention convenient. But remember not to cut too much of one plant at a time. Despite the fact that regular trims encourage new growth, cutting too much could cause the plant to fail altogether. As long as you are cautious not to remove more than a quarter of the plant at one time, you can continue to enjoy your fresh herbs throughout the seasons.

The ideal garden needs the perfect home to live in. At Real Property Management Hartford Metro/Greater New London, our West Hartford property managers are also experts at helping our tenants find the home that is just right for them. Contact us online or call 860-436-9955 and ask us about our available rentals today.

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