Let’s face it: you might not have the greenest thumb around. However, an indoor herb garden is a perfect way to practice your skills and reduce waste and money spent in the store, all while not overwhelming yourself. Plus, nothing compares to sprinkling fresh dill on a cold pasta salad or adding newly-grown basil leaves to a ripe tomato and olive oil. If self-sufficiency and more fresh veggies are on the top of your 2020 list, check out our tips below!
Let the Sun Shine Down
Growing indoors will not give you as much access to natural light as an outdoor plot. Try to set up your garden near a window that receives at least six hours of sun daily. If this isn’t possible, or if you plan on starting or continuing your garden in the winter, invest in an LED light to create an artificial glow for your baby buds, ensuring they get the adequate rays they need.
Grow Up, Not Out
Increase your yield and consolidate space by tiering your garden instead of lining a table with pots. Although either option works, building levels will give you a greater range to grow. With this vertical gardening system, you won’t have to choose between Italian parsley and mojito mint, you can have it all!
Water, Water Everywhere
But actually, don’t overdo it. Overwatering can be just as deadly to plants as under-watering, so keep that in mind as you act as the artificial rain for your pollinating pals. You don’t even need to water every day. Remember this: if the soil is damp, let it be; if it’s crumbly, water freely.
Seeds Versus Sprouts
Depending on if you buy baby plants and add them to your terrarium, or grow them from seeds, you need to have a timeline. Different plants thrive during different times of the year, so you may not have access to sprouts at all times. Choose plants that can be easily maintained, like dill, basil, oregano, parsley, and cilantro.
Pick Your Position
When herbs first pop up, the little green heads look very similar. Make sure you mark what is in each plot so you don’t confuse yourself. The more you grow, the more you’ll be able to differentiate the leaf variances.
All you need is a little soil, a few seeds, and a lot of imagination and your garden can go from idea to reality. Enjoy adding your own fresh herbs to pasta, salads, pizza, or dressings. Once you start, you’ll find that little bloom goes a long way!