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Indoor Herb gardening tips

Growing an herb garden inside will allow you to have fresh herbs all year long, and not just in the summertime! Here are some tips on growing herbs indoors.

One important thing to remember is: do not overwhelm yourself! If you do not have a lot of experience growing plants, just pick your favorite 2 or 3 herbs to grow.

You will also need to choose a container for your indoor herb garden to grow in. The container should either have drainage holes or should be deep enough that you can add rocks at the bottom to create a drainage reservoir for excess water to run into. Herbs that are grown indoors cannot sit in waterlogged soil or they will die. The soil you use in your herb garden inside should be rich in organic material. A good quality potting soil will work fine. Do not use dirt from the garden, as this can get compacted easily and will strangle the herb plants.

Herbs growing indoors need at least six hours of sunlight to grow well. Place your indoor herb garden in the sunniest spot you can find. If that is not enough light, use a fluorescent bulb placed less than a foot from the herbs. You may need to rotate the container that the indoor herb garden is growing in so that all the herbs have an even amount of sun and do not grow crooked.

Indoor herb gardens need to be watered regularly. They should never be allowed to dry out, but you should also not overwater them. Check your indoor herb garden daily and water it when the top of the soil just starts to feel dry — though if you stick your finger into the soil, the lower layer will still be damp.

Indoor herbs also need both high humidity and excellent air circulation. Mist your herbs once a week or set them on a tray of pebbles filled with water to keep the humidity up. If you find your herbs are affected by mildew, you may want to consider adding a fan to keep the air circulation consistent.

It will not be long until you are enjoying fresh flavors that you have grown yourself!

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