Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Growing Fresh Herbs Indoors


How can I grow fresh indoors this winter?


Growing herbs indoors this winter, is easier than you think. And, you’ll be rewarded with fresh cooking herbs you grow and harvest yourself, as well as the color and aroma of herbs. Popular herbs which do well inside are parsley, basil, sage and thyme, but most herbs lend themselves very well to be grown in pots and containers indoors. Here are some tips to help grow healthy herbs indoors successfully.
You can grow indoor herbs anywhere they will get enough light, such as a window ledge in the kitchen. Choose a location with at least 6 hours of sunlight, such as a south or west facing window.
Or supplement your natural light with additional lighting from a fluorescent fixture or incandescent bulb. Kits such as Jump Start® are easy to set-up, come with a full-spectrum bulb and the bulb height can be adjusted quickly, as plants grow. Incandescent bulbs are convenient, because they can be used in ordinary lamp fixtures. Plan to keep the light on 9-10 hours per day.

There are many attractive clay or ceramic container options to plant herbs in. Be sure the container has good drainage.
Choose a quality potting soil to plant your herbs in. Regular watering is important. Avoid over watering or under watering. Consistency is best for the plant.
Herbs grown indoors need to be fertilized. Choose a fertilizer such as Age Old Grow® or Fish & Seaweed®. Feed herbs every other week, following label instructions. Herbs will do best if they are continuously harvested.
Apart from cooking, herbs make great house plants. Herbs such as Pineapple Sage and Lavender will flower, plus many have relaxing fragrance, even when they are not blooming. An indoor herb garden allows you to enjoy the flavor and fragrance of fresh herbs year round.

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