You can grow your own herbs indoors, using pots and containers. Many people also choose to use window boxers or hanging baskets to grow their herbs in an urban environment.
If you don’t have the time or space to plant a herb garden, growing your herbs in pots can work just as well, in fact, herb gardens that are planted in pots indoors need the same care as outdoor herb gardens do.
Growing plants is easy, as long as you’re willing to ensure that the plants you grow get their basic needs met. These needs are:
When you are growing herbs in pots your herbs will be no exception to this rule, and will need to have their basic needs met just the same as any other plant.
For this reason it is often best to place your potted herbs in the kitchen near a window, or in another area where they can access daily sunlight. If you do not have an area of your home where potted herbs can access sunlight you may need to invest in a fluorescent “grow lamp” that will provide your herbs with artificial sunlight that will meet their needs.
No matter where your herbs are placed within the home, they will require well-drained soil to grown in. You will find it beneficial to add potting mix to the soil that houses your herbs – this may have one part coarse perlite or sand included. Remember to place a layer of gravel at the bottom of you herb pots too, before you lay the soil. This will ensure that your potted herbs have the drainage that they need to grow.
Herbs also like “sweet” oil, and this can be achieved by placing a teaspoon of lime in your potted herbs to match a 1 teaspoon per 5 inch pot ratio.
Never forget to water your potted herbs.
You can do this by pouring a small amount of water directly onto the soil the herbs are potted in, or using a spray bottle to mist the plants’ and moisten the pebbles under the soil.
Plants that are potted will generally need more water than plants growing in outdoor garden beds. Just ensure you don’t water to the point of making the roots of the plants soggy.
Potted herbs are easy to move around as you require. Depending on the type of herbs you are growing, you may or may not need to move the pots outside at certain times of the year.
For example, annual herbs can be kept indoors at all times, but perennial herbs will need to be outside during summer – even if this is only on your window sill or within a hanging basket. Be careful of your herbs when winter falls, however.
If you do have perennial herbs outside, ensure they are safely brought inside in their pots before the first frost of winter – exposure to frost can kill the herbs instantly.
It is nice if you can keep your potted herbs in the kitchen itself – possibly on the windowsill. This allows you to keep your herbs handy if you need to use them for cooking!
Ensure that you tend to your herb’s needs, and re-pot them at least once per year to freshen them up.
You will also need to replant your annual herbs each year, and ensure that you give your perennial herbs the outdoor time that they require during the warmer months.
Prune your potted herbs when you remember too, pruned plants will be encouraged to grow faster and more prolifically. Enjoy the time and effort you have put into your potted herbs by using them in cooking, gifting them to friends or even drying them and storing them for future use.