Today is all about herbs. The list of advantages goes on and on! Spice up your meals, drinks and some even help with allergies and medial needs.
Basics: Indoor or outdoors? Indoor gardens have great advantages as you can grow all year around, you wont have to worry about nasty weeds and they are easy to access. If you choose to plant outdoors, you get higher yields, the plants are more flavorful and you have more space. The choice is all up to you, gardenista!
Location, location, location! This is the most important decision to make when you decided on an indoor garden. Make sure you have plenty of sunlight, your herbs need at least 6 hours! If your windows do not get enough light, consider getting HID Grow Lights
Dig deep, get great soil!
Here are some alternatives:
Soil Mix – Use equal parts compost, sterile topsoil and builder’s sand. An all-purpose organic fertilizer can be added to this mix.
Soilless Mix – Combine 4-6 parts peat moss, 1 part perlite and 1 part vermiculite. If adding nutrients, blend 1/2 cup each bone meal, oystershell lime (raises pH) and cottonseed meal/canola meal per 8 gallons of potting mix.
Water, because plants get just as thirsty as you! Make sure the soil is always most. The top of the soil can be dry, but the deeper parts should always be moist, but never soggy, that causes roots to rot!
Location is still key! The biggest factors with outdoor herb gardens is making sure that spacing is proper (this can be found on plant labels) and the herbs are getting 6-8 hours of light.
Soil varies from area to area. Make sure to test the soil, grow some test plants first! It is always a good idea to add fertilizers!
When watering, follow the same tips as above!
Helpful tips and reminders:
-Always start your seeds inside
-Transplant after 5-10 weeks
-Read instructions for each individual plant when harvesting
Enjoy all your great treats!