Starting an Indoor Herb Garden
Beginning an indoor herb garden is not so difficult as it sounds; what you need is basic herb gardening skills, in terms of selecting correct size containers, plant seeds or plantlets and maintenance of herbs.
Planning the layout is a challenging step, as you need to consider several factors, such as the plant height, spread, sunlight exposure and drainage problems. Choose an area of the room that receives partial sunlight for maximum hours. For drainage problems, you can place drainage trays below the pots.
Likewise, for growing herbs in pots, the depth is determined according to the root system of the herbs. But, large and deep pots are best suited for all types of herbs.
Fill the containers with potting mixture till the neck, at least 3 inches below the rim. This will help you in easy watering and maintaining of the herbs.
Selecting Appropriate Herbs
This is the most tricky part of growing an indoor herb garden. Some of the herbs that grow best in indoor growing conditions are thyme, sage, basil, mint, rosemary, onion and garlic. As these herbs have different growing habits, you can arrange them accordingly, like thyme is a creeper, sage is tall and basil is bushy.
This is because you are planting the herbs indoors, where the plants are exposed to inadequate growing conditions. In such a growing environment, the herbs are weak and vulnerable to pest and disease infestations.
Planting herbs in containers for indoor garden is same as regular vegetable garden. Sow seeds sparingly and cover lightly with potting mixture. Water regularly or keep the soil moist, till the herbs germinate. If you are growing plantlets, make a hole, size and depth matching the root ball. For new gardeners, take advice on planting tips.
Do not forget to check for weed growth (if any), which seeds may be already present in the potting soil. Water lightly, whenever the top soil layer is dry.
Timely Harvesting of Herbs
After rigorous efforts on planting and maintaining indoor herbs, a time will come soon when the herbs mature and require harvesting. For culinary herbs like garlic and onion, an easy way is to harvest leaves that turn yellowish in the tips. You can gently pluck the mature leaves from the lower portion, without uprooting the herb.
In case, you find the idea tough or challenging, you can always buy an indoor herb garden kit. As per your choice regarding the herb varieties, either culinary or medicinal, you can find myriad types of kits in the nursery and plant store.