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So my move in date is approaching verrry quickly, and one of my goals is to create an indoor garden. Seeing as though we’re moving into an apartment we have no yard. (….sad face.) I’ve been dreaming of growing my own herbs and vegetables to cut down on what I have to buy in the grocery store especially with certain ones being quite pricey for something I can grow myself let alone those pesky preservatives. Luckily our new place is riddled with great sunlight in every corner so I know the plants will do well as long as my rambunctious pup Taco doesn’t decide he would like to take a try at developing a green paw.
After some research I’ve come up with the top herbs to grow indoors that will do our new home and lifestyle change some justice. Let’s get started..
Mint is one of my favorite herbs to incorporate. I use it in healthy smoothies, zesty drinks, and even when I want to add a little something to a sauce or a great recipe. Growing Mint Leaves is actually quite easy considering it can be grown pretty much anywhere. There are 2 ways to grow mint leaves, one of which is pretty traditional being buying seeds. The second way many don’t realize is actually placing an already grown mint leaf/stem ends (about 5 or 6 inches) in water and direct sunlight for about 4-6 hours per day. Caring for this zesty herb is actually quite simple. Although this plant is preferred to be kept moist, it will not do well with being too wet. If you notice the top layer of soil has gone dry then it’s suggested to water. Aside from that keeping it relatively moist is the way to go. A great way to plant this herb indoors is to add rocks about 1 -2 inches high, add soil for moisture control, apply seeds, then coat seeds with a bit more soil (about a palms worth) water for soil to be moist but not drenched. (Keep a spray water bottle handy to be sure soil stays moist to the touch. Don’t forget to label herbs so you give specified care.
Unlike the mint, Parsley needs plenty of sun with turning every few days to avoid leaning. Parsley is very easy to grow. With proper draining so roots are not consistently under water and good soil this plant will flourish great. Allowing the plant to receive a good amount of humidity is also going to help keep it moist. A good idea, considering this plant calls for 6-8 hours of sunlight perhaps during sun down hours moving this plant to the bathroom where a shower or two will be held will help with keeping that moisture locked in. Just like the mint herb, planting with rocks about 1 -2 inches high, add soil for moisture control, apply seeds, then coat seeds with a bit more soil (about a palms worth) water for soil to be moist but not drenched. (Keep a spray water bottle handy to be sure soil stays moist to the touch. Don’t forget to label herbs so you give specified care.
When it comes to growing basil going for a smaller globe is the way to go when growing indoors. Larger globes will become too large for indoors so going with a smaller one may be more ideal. Aside from choosing the right size for the space available these plants are fairly easy to grow. Pot and add soil for moisture control, apply seeds, then coat seeds with a bit more soil (about a palms worth) be sure to use a well drained pot with rich soil and nutrients. Drainage is very important for these plants as if overly condensed with water will eventually make roots soggy and rot. Fertilization of the plant is very important especially growing indoors as it depends on fertilization to grow, organic fertilizer is most recommended and should be used at half strength. Soil should be kept moist yet kept under sunlight for at least 6 hours or 10 hours under fluorescent lighting. Basil tends to grow vigorously so keeping up and repotting may be necessary. With good up keep this yummy addition to your food will give you great flavor all year.
#4 Bay Leaf
This Mediterranean leaf is great year round. In well drained soil these plants can easily reach 6 feet tall yet can be planted in a dense pot and grown indoors. This plant prefers plenty sun and room to grow and as many may think it is a shrub, it is actually a tree. Watering regularly to maintain moisture is fairly important especially when young. Using water beads is a good idea seeing that it provides great water retention. Using a pot 12 inches in diameter 8 inches in height is idea for this fairly large plant is recommended. Before use be sure leaves are dry for 48 to 72 hours after picking for a better fresh flavor. Although these plants can take time to grow, it is totally worth it.
Growing up in a hispanic household, Cilantro was a key herb in creating a seasoning called Sazon. Cilantro has a mixture of parsley and citrus flavor giving a zest to any meal. Used in many Middle Eastern, hispanic and asian meals Cilantro is one to give a significant taste when added to foods. Planting this herb requires depth when potted indoors for see that you plant this in at least a 12 inch pot (height) as it has long string like roots. Fill half of planter with soil then add plant, fill the rest with soils then be sure to water with plenty of drainage. Clay pots are recommended but plastic may be used well. Full sun light in the morning is partial sunlight after is preferred. Keep soil moist with spray bottle in at least 70 degrees. Avoid soaking roots as they will rot.
Thyme is an easy plant to grow from an established plant outside of using traditional seeds. Thyme is a spreading plant that does great in good sunlight and drainage. Watering these herbs fully is important yet waiting for the pot to dry is essential for growth to re-watering again. Fertilizing with seaweeds or fish emulsion diluted every 2 weeks is ideal for these herbs growth. Keeping these brushes trimmed forces new growth as well as drying out is great for tea.
#7 Lemon Grass
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Lemon Grass has a few ways of growing, from seedlings to being submerged into water these fresh herbs are a citrus flavored plant that can be grown indoors and can reach 3 to 5 feet tall. In sun filled or lightly shaded areas this herb is likely to grow, as long as it is well drained and has an acidic soil. Giving lemon grass a fish emulsion fertilizer will help feed it it’s necessary nutrients. Allow at least 12 inches in width in a 5 gallon pot to grow. Be sure to use quality soil and trim when growing too long. If growing from established plant be sure to trim when planting in planter to promote growth. Applying liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks may help as well. As your plant grows, move to a larger pot. Lemon Gras is hardly used for food seasoning but more for medical uses as it has essential oils within to help with digestive problems, reducing toxins, stimulates lactation and blood circulation. It’s also used in candles as well as clearing skin.
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With 6 to 8 hours of sunlight, this herb is one of my favorites to use in the kitchen. Growing it indoors is quite simple and doesn’t require constant watering. This flavorful plant grows best by allowing the soil to dry a bit before re-watering and fertilization every 2 weeks. The oregano is known to take over with producing large amount of leaves so keeping them trimmed as they grow is ideal for indoor growing. If your looking for an easy low maintenance indoor herb, Oregano is a great way to go.