Growing herbs indoors is a great way to add flavor to your meals and make your home smell amazing. It’s also a great way to save money on groceries, and it can be fun for the whole family. Here are some tips that will help you get started with indoor gardening:
Use the right potting mix.
To make sure your indoor herb garden isn’t a disaster, use the right potting mix. Potting mixes that do not drain well or are too light can cause the roots to rot, which is a big problem for herbs since they only have small root systems. The best potting mixes have plenty of organic material and compost mixed in with the soil. Make sure this blend is also well-draining so it doesn’t end up waterlogged when you water your herbs regularly during their growing season (usually spring through fall).
Let your plants get enough light.
The light source should be strong enough to provide the amount of light you want. Plants need sunlight in order to make food and grow, so they can’t survive without it! (Unless you plan on growing herbs in a closet, which we don’t recommend.)
Sunlight is also important because it helps your plants produce chlorophyll, which gives them their green color. If a plant doesn’t get enough sunlight for long enough periods of time, it will lose its chlorophyll and turn yellow or brown.
There are many other benefits from having good indoor lighting too:
- Chlorophyll production (green pigment)
- Energy production from photosynthesis
- Carotenoid production
- Anthocyanin production
Keep the humidity high.
It’s important to keep the humidity in your home high. You can use a humidifier, which you’ll probably want to do regardless of whether you have an indoor herb garden or not.
I like to use my humidifier in the winter because it helps keep my plants from drying out. I also use it in the summer, but only when necessary because I don’t want them getting too wet and moldy.
Prune your plants to encourage growth.
Pruning, as you may know, is the process of trimming away excess growth and branches that are not needed to maintain a healthy plant. Pruning can be done at any time of year, but it’s best to do it when plants are dormant. This means that you shouldn’t prune in the middle of summer or right after winter has ended!
If you want your herbs to grow a certain way or in a specific size pot (like I did), then pruning is an excellent way to maintain their shape.
Make sure you kill off any pests you see.
If you see any pests or other signs of infestation, it’s important to kill them off right away. Start with a pesticide and then move on to natural pesticides if that doesn’t work. If you’ve never used pesticides before, it may be difficult at first. There are many different types of pesticides available at your local hardware store or online; some require mixing with water or oil while others are ready-to-use right out of the bottle (but still need to be applied carefully).
The best way to apply most pesticides is by spraying them onto the plant’s leaves—try not to let any spray land on your hands or clothing as this could get transferred into your home when you’re eating dinner later! If you have an indoor garden that’s fairly large in size, consider using a hose instead of applying directly from plastic bottles; this will help prevent accidental spills from leaking out over time which is especially important if there are children living nearby who might drink contaminated water accidentally!
Only water when the soil is dry on top.
Watering your herbs too often can cause root rot. If you’re not sure how often to water, try sticking your finger into the soil up to your first knuckle. If it feels dry, give your plants a good drink before they get thirsty (and turn brown).
We also recommend adding a few drops of liquid fertilizer every one or two weeks as an extra boost.
Use fertilizer regularly.
- Use fertilizer regularly. Your herbs will grow better and taste better if you give them a balanced fertilizer that is appropriate for their specific needs. A general rule of thumb is to fertilize once a week during the growing season, but check with your plant’s packaging or an expert at the nursery before you do so to make sure they are getting what they need.
- Fertilize carefully. If you over-fertilize, it can cause leaf burn and kill your plants! If possible, apply fertilizers directly to the soil instead of spraying them onto the foliage where there’s more risk of overdoing it on liquid applications like Miracle Gro or Fish Emulsion (what we use).
This information will help you grow a thriving indoor herb garden!
A thriving indoor herb garden is a must for enjoying not only flavorful food at home, but also being able to use herbs in your cooking and baking. If you are interested in growing your own herbs indoors, here are some tips that will help you do it successfully.
Many people grow their own herbs because they love the taste of fresh herbs and want to be able to use them whenever they need them. More than just being delicious, though, having an indoor herb garden also gives you more control over what goes into your meals as well as how much salt and other additives are added. By growing your own fresh herbs, you can make healthy meals for yourself or for others without worrying about harmful chemicals or additives coming from store-bought products.
Herbs have many health benefits too! Rosemary has been shown to help reduce headaches when inhaled; basil helps with digestion; mint is good for clearing sinuses; thyme helps with coughs and sore throats (just add 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water); sage relieves muscle aches and pains; parsley helps cleanse the liver; chives reduce puffiness around eyes due to allergies; cilantro prevents bloating caused by gas buildup after eating too much fiber-rich food such as beans or lentils…and there are many more ways these wonderful plants can improve our lives!
I hope this article has helped you learn about how to grow your own herbs at home. Just remember, the key is to keep it simple and fun!