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Make ducking into the shops for an expensive sprig of mint, basil or thyme a thing of the past. A sunny windowsill and a few seedlings are pretty much all you need to grow the indoor herb garden of your dreams!
Starting a herb garden
Want to know how to start growing herbs? Start by locating the sunniest spot in your home. This step is integral to the success of your herbs, as herbs need a large dose of sunlight each day. Window treatments like venetian blinds, vertical blinds and shutters feature adjustable slats or panels, making it easy to control light levels in your home and keep your plants happy!
The next step is to find some containers with good drainage, ensuring that water runs freely through the soil and the plants don’t become waterlogged. You can buy a planter or simply go green and use some old plastic containers.
Then, you’ll need some quality potting mix to fill the planters with. An organic potting mix that’s high in organic matter and peat-free is ideal.
Finally, get your hands on some seedlings, cuttings or plants to transplant. Depending on how much space you have, you might be able to plant some or all of the following indoor-loving herbs.
Best herbs to grow indoors
With a little bit of TLC, most herbs can be grown indoors as long as they have sunlight, decent drainage and room to grow. Use the following list of herbs as a starting point, as they’re some of the easiest herbs to grow and maintain (not to mention, they taste great too!).
Basil: These mini green leaves pack a mighty flavour punch in all things savoury and sweet (if you’re feeling adventurous). Start basil from seeds and give them plenty of sunlight and water to encourage growth, then hey pesto! You should have a flourishing crop in no time.
Chives: Get the baked potatoes ready because this fresh herb germinates quickly (within two weeks or less). Like basil, chives love the sun. They also hate being lonely and appreciate other growing pots close by to provide humidity.
Oregano: For best results, start with a tip that has been cut from an outdoor oregano plant. Unlike other indoor herbs, oregano prefers less water, so go easy when watering. Once your crop is ready, enjoy in stuffing, salads or sauces.
Parsley: Ask your friends and family if they can spare a clump from their outdoor garden and transport it to your indoor herb garden to flourish. When ready to eat, add to salads, soups and more to enjoy this powerful herb that’s rich in vitamins A, C, and K.
Thyme: When growing thyme indoors, many gardeners opt for purchasing a seedling and transplanting it. Once fully grown, thyme can be enjoyed fresh with roasted veggies or meat, or dried and added to soups and marinades. To dry out the thyme leaves, cut whole steams and hang out in the sun.
Tips for growing herbs
Rotate them: Plants naturally grow towards the sunlight, so turn them around occasionally to ensure even growth all over.
Nourish them: If you want your herbs to taste good, you’ll need to feed them good food too. A premium potting mix should have enough slow-release fertiliser to last a couple of months, but you can also boost the growth of your herbs with a liquid fertiliser every few weeks.
Trim them: Treat your indoor plants the same as you would your outdoor ones and trim the leaves when necessary. This will encourage thicker, more compact growth over time.
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