9.09.2014

:: Growing an indoor Herb Garden ::






Rooting a cutting
Many herbs—including oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage—are best propagated for indoor growing by taking a cutting from an existing outdoor plant. To do it, snip off a 4-inch section, measured back from the tip. Strip off the lower leaves and stick the stem into moist, soilless mix, such as perlite and/or vermiculite. To ensure good humidity, cover with glass or clear plastic, and keep the growing medium-moist.

Choose the soil for your indoor herbs carefully. A good commercial potting soil is fine, or for a deluxe mix, blend one part potting soil with one part compost and one part vermiculite, perlite, or sand (or a mixture of all three).






Ten Best Herbs for Indoors
Basil: Start basil from seeds and place the pots in a south-facing window—it likes lots of sun and warmth.
Bay: A perennial that grows well in containers all year long. Place the pot in an east, or west, facing window, but be sure it does not get crowded—bay needs air circulation to remain healthy.
Chervil: Start chervil seeds in late summer. It grows well in low light but needs 65 to 70 degrees F temperatures to thrive.
Chives: Dig up a clump from your garden at the end of the growing season and pot it up. Leave the pot outside until the leaves die back. In early winter, move the pot to your coolest indoor spot (such as a basement) for a few days, then finally to your brightest window.
Oregano: Your best bet is to start with a tip cutting from an outdoor plant. Place the pot in a south-facing window.



Parsley: You can start this herb from seeds or dig up a clump from your garden at the end of the season. Parsley likes full sun, but will grow slowly in an east, or west, facing window.
Rosemary: Start with a cutting of rosemary, and keep it in moist soil less mix until it roots. It grows best in a south-facing window.
Sage: Take a tip cutting from an outdoor plant to start an indoor sage. It tolerates dry, indoor air well, but it needs the strong sun it will get in a south-facing window.
Tarragon: A dormant period in late fall or early winter is essential for tarragon to grow indoors. Pot up a mature plant from your outdoor garden and leave it outside until the leaves die back. Bring it to your coolest indoor spot for a few days, then place it in a south-facing window for as much sun as possible. Feed well with an organic liquid fertilizer.
Thyme: You can start thyme indoors either by rooting a soft tip cutting or by digging up and potting an outdoor plant. Thyme likes full sun but will grow in an east, or west, facing window.



Some ideas on how to plant/display herbs;
From Better Homes
and gardens...

Teacup Herbarium
Plant an indoor herb garden for tea in your kitchen window with large ceramic teacups. Use a jeweler's bit to drill small holes in the bottoms of the cups for drainage. Herbs for tea: English mint, chamomile, pineapple sage, and orange mint.





Bath Buddies
Let a soothing herbal bath soak your worries away with this indoor herb garden. Simple plastic pots fit neatly into a wire rack next to the tub. Bubble-shape glass beads prevent soil splatters when watering. Toss freshly cut leaves into warm bath water, or tangle a bundle of leaves under the faucet as the tub is filling. Bath herbs: lemon balm, French lavender, apple-scented geranium, and chamomile.




Kitchen Canisters
Fresh herbs are flavorful additions to many dishes. Plant your favorites in old aluminum kitchen canisters for an indoor herb garden. Drill small drainage holes in the bottom with an power drill. Make sure the planters get plenty of sun and don't let the soil dry out. Herbs for cooking: rosemary (pork, potatoes), parsley (pasta dishes), oregano (sauces, soups), sage (chicken, vegetables), basil (salads), and dill (fish).




Remember...
Harvest often.
Don’t let plants grow out of control. Pick herb leaves often so the plant is well groomed and can perform at its best. You can always dry or freeze herbs you are unable to use right away. Remove dead leaves as you see them as well as they will drain the plant of needed nutrients.
Mist away.
Mist your plants to keep them moist and hydrated. This is also a great method to use so you don’t drown them. Keep a simple spray bottle nearby so water is always handy. Soil should always be moist to the touch!
Don’t forget to fertilize.
Indoor plants can still use extra nutrients. Find an indoor plant food or fertilizer to feed your herbs so they can perform their best and look green and lush.
When you plant an indoor herb garden, you have all of the benefits of an outdoor herb garden right in your own kitchen! You will love being able to pick fresh herbs even when there is snow on the ground. They will compliment your recipes well and make a tasty addition to any dish.
Give these tips a try and get your own indoor herb garden growing. You won’t be sorry!

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