There are few other things that can improve a dish of food quite like fresh herbs. With the large variety of herbs available, and their usage as both dried and as fresh seasoning for just about every type of meal in the world, they’re the perfect way to improve your odds in the kitchen.
Herbs are also extremely easy to grow, and will flourish in most environments, including indoors. Growing a herb garden in your own home is simple, fun, and allows you to have access to fresh herbs without needing a garden plot outdoors, perfect for those that live in apartment buildings, and want some fresh herbs but don’t want to miss their game of online pokies NZ to head out to the store.
1. Providing Light For Indoor Herbs
All herbs need fairly strong light to grow well, and the more light you can give them, the more they will produce. The easiest way is to have them in front of a window that receives plenty of natural light during the day; 6 to 8 hours is the recommended amount of time that herbs need to be exposed to light. If a window is not available, a CLF light bulb should do the same trick, but can end up costing a little more.
2. Keeping a Constant Temperature
If you live in a house that has temperature control, it’s a good idea to keep the temperature at a certain range to ensure that the herbs stay healthy and disease-free. Between 15 and 21 degrees Celsius is the ideal range for most herbs, which is also the natural temperature that most rooms tend to stay at throughout the year.
3. Slow But Thorough Watering
Too much watering can easily kill an herb, and it’s best to wait for the pot to be almost dry before watering. This can be done by using a finger and testing if the soil feels dry. What’s important is that the herbs are able to grow a strong root system, which means ensuring that the water reaches all the way down to the bottom of the pot with each watering.
4. Keep The Herbs Separate
Although herbs can happily grow together outdoors, when they’re indoors and space is more limited, giving each plant its own pot means that it has plenty of space to grow, and doesn’t have to compete for nutrients with a neighboring plant. It also allows you to easily rotate the herbs, depending on the amount of light each one receives.
5. Use a Fish-Based or Seaweed Fertilizer
Fish emulsion or a seaweed extract tend to be the best foods to use for growing and maintaining herbs. These have high concentrations of nitrogen, which is important for strong leaf growth. During an active growing period, it’s recommended to feed the herbs once week, especially during the summer months. For the rest of the year, reducing feeding to once a month should keep the plants from becoming too saturated with nutrients and experiencing fertilizer burn.