Planting an indoor herb garden—in a window box, or on a kitchen shelf--is a great way to ensure you always have fresh ingredients on hand. But it can be challenging if you are not a gardening expert! Here are some tips to get the most out of your indoor herb garden.
Research Your Herbs
Different herbs require different care. Some need more water or sunlight, while others need less. Make sure you read up on what you want to grow so you know exactly how to take care of your rosemary or basil, or you’ll risk ending up with a garden full of wilted herbs.
Start with Seedlings
Transitioning from seed to seedling can be difficult, especially if you are an inexperienced gardener. Make the process easier by using seedlings to start instead of seeds.
Make sure you are regularly pruning your herbs, which, of course, is what you’ll be doing when you cut them to use for cooking! This will promote growth and keep the plants healthy.
Plant Herbs Together
There are certain herbs that have synergy, and grow well when planted together, such as oregano and thyme. Do your research to find out which plants will thrive together.
If you have an abundance of herbs, drying them is a great way to preserve them so they do not go to waste. You can air dry them, upside down, or use an oven for the process. Herbs that are properly dried and stored can last up to 12 months.
Use Mason Jars
Mason jars are useful for just about anything, including growing herbs, and they’re decorative! Use them for your indoor garden to make it cute and functional.