Indoor Spice Garden
Just imagine how beneficial an indoor spice garden will be? Fresh herbs from your garden to your table and great tasting and also fully organic and with no GMO’s. With an indoor garden you can have fresh herbs all year long.
You don’t have to have much experience with plants to grow herbs indoors – no you don’t need to have a green thumb. It is easy, convenient and affordable for you to do it on your own. You can grow your own mint, chives, thyme, rosemary and oregano.
And even if you already have a green thumb and you have a huge garden outdoors or indoors you will still find growing a couple things inside won’t add to the burden.
Herbs can be very easy to grow and they can make really great aesthetic statements when you grow them in a very fun way. Not only will they look great inside your home but the aroma that will fill your home from the spices you are growing inside.
To start your garden, pick out a spot for your plants. A Window that receives a good amount of sun is a great place to start. You will want your spices to get at least 5 hours of sunlight each day. Not only do they need light to thrive but they will also need temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Starting your Plants
Here are some stuff you should consider before you start an indoor spice garden.
Seeds or Starter Plants
You can start spices from seeds or you can purchase starter plants if you are not up for all that work. Find a container that you like but one that is also suitable for your spices.
You can choose from a number of different containers and can find these at a farmers market, your local mega retail store, a nursery or home improvement and garden store.
Terracotta planters are some of the more popular choices for planting things in door. Whatever containers you choose you want to ensure that they have holes in the bottom for drainage. This will ensure that your herbs will not rot.
You will want a saucer underneath to catch any water seepage. No matter what kind of container you choose, you just want to ensure that you choose a container that is deep enough so that the roots will have space to develop properly.
The best container will be those that are 6 to 12 inches in depth. You can choose a large pot with and place multiple plants in there or you can choose to use individual pots.
This is an important matter as you can damage your plants if you use soil that may have diseases. The best thing to do is to purchase potting mix from the store. You can find this at your local gardening center.
You want a lightweight mix that will drain very well and you will use two to three inches of soil per container prior to placing the plant and then fill to just under the rim with the rest of the potting mix. Ensure you press around the plant firmly to ensure it stays in place.
You want to keep your soil moist without watering your new found plants too often. If you use too much water you risk root rot.
You can fertilize your species with a fertilizer that is safe and preferably natural. Do this once per month until you notice new growth then you can stop fertilizing.
Starting with Seeds
If you want to save some money you can start with seeds rather than with seedlings. It is more affordable to start with seeds than with seedlings either way so you will save some money right away. When you start with seeds it requires more attention on your part.
If you choose seeds you don’t want to start in a planter as this will be too large. You can start your seeds in a peat pot, flats or you can use an egg container – another way to save money!
Fill the peat pot, flats or egg container with planting mix. Moisten the soil and then bury your seeds in there to a depth of about 3 to 4 times the diameter of the seed. You want to sew multiple seeds in one container.
Once all sewn you now want to cover the container with a plastic bag to simulate your own little greenhouse. You can remove this plastic once the seeds have sprouted and then you can transplant the seedlings to a large planter.
At this point you want to ensure your plants get all the sun they need. Natural sunlight is best but if you don’t have all the sun then you may need to get some grow lights. They need sun but you don’t want them to get too hot so bear that in mind. You can find grow lights don’t have to be expensive and you can find them at your local garden store.
Bonus Tip – Use An Aerogarden
Types of Herbs to Plant Indoors
- Basil – this is very easy to plant inside from seeds. They love light and warm temperatures.
- Chives – this will love light but also cooler temperatures
- Dill – dwarf varieties grow best indoors. These don’t grow back after you harvest them so you will have to continue growing so you will have a continuous harvest
- Lemon balm – you can easily grow this from the seed and you will love the fragrance when it starts to blossom and flower
- Oregano –this can be easily grown from seeds
- Rosemary – this can be grown from seeds but it sometimes will not germinate well. Use cuttings or get a plant from a nursery for the best results. Ensure the soil is drained very well without being completely dry
- Thyme –you can find a wide variety of thymes available. You want to cover the seed with soil lightly. The soil must be kept moist to ensure that it will flourish
And now you know you can start your very own indoor spice garden and it can be really easy with all the tips we leave you here.