Indoor Herb Garden Ideas
Most kitchen gardeners find having fresh herbs at home very convenient, and they’re right. You can grow your favorite herbs even if you live in a condo or apartment without an outdoor space. The best place to have an indoor herb garden is in the kitchen. But any sunny room will do just fine. To increase your chances of success, you should buy young herbs from a nursery close to your location to make sure they’re adapted to the climate. Below are some timely indoor herb garden ideas for beginners.
1. Identify a Great Spot for Your Herb Garden
Herbs require as much sunlight as they can get to do well indoors. For this reason, the best placement is next to a window where the herbs will get at least six hours of sunlight per day. You should go for south and southwest facing windows first. If you don’t have any, go for east or west facing ones. The professionals at Royal Decks recommend that you avoid north-facing windows since they’re usually not bright enough.
To test whether a spot gets enough sunlight, turn off the light and periodically check on the natural sunlight coming in during a sunny day. Try to estimate how much sun the spot gets in a day. You can also go or supplemental lighting for herbs that need more sunlight than normal such as rosemary and basil. But a grow light to help with this. It will particularly come in handy during winter
2. Make Sure the Herbs Have Good Drainage
You shouldn’t let herbs sit in water because the roots will rot. Likewise, you shouldn’t let a potted plant drain on the windowsill or tabletop since you’ll ruin it. Use a drain pan, saucer, or liner under the plant pot to protect surfaces. Do not use a clay saucer as it will allow moisture to pass through. Instead, go for metal, rubber, or plastic.
Clay pots can help with drainage, but the problem is that they dry out too fast. A glazed or plastic container works best in dry climate or during winter whereby furnace heat can make your home too dry. Make sure whatever pot you use has drainage holes at the bottom.
3. Make Sure You Grow Them in Ideal Temperatures
Winter is the best time to grow herbs indoors since it’s too cold outside and impossible to dig in the dirt. Indoor herbs do best at the same temperature you’d find comfortable (65 – 70 degrees F). If you plant the herbs next to a window, temperatures may fall to up to about 55 degrees F, which is still okay. Make sure the herbs don’t touch the glass to avoid getting nipped by the cold.
If you’re planting basil, you might want to keep it away from the windows because it does best where there’s plenty of warmth and sun. You want to keep basil at a minimum temperature of 70 degrees F during the day and night. Anything lower and the leaves will start to wither.
Dry air from heating or air conditioning is hard on herbs. You might want to increase the humidity indoors using a humidifier or any other method.
4. Grow the Herbs in Water
You can use a hydroponic system to grow herbs indoors. This simply entails growing them directly in water or in a soilless medium. Nutrients and moisture are delivered directly to the roots, and artificial sunlight is provided by glow lights.