Want to know how to grow herbs indoors
August 10, 2007 1:27pm CST
Could anyone give me pointers on growing herbs indoors? I am interested in rosemary, cilentro, oregano, basil. Fresh herbs in Winnipeg, MB are more expensive and there is the problem of keeping them so I would rather have fresh. So if you could tell me what I would need, as well as containers that can be put outdoors when the weather is nice, in spring and summer. Thank you.
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10 Aug 07
Indoor herb gardens require little maintenance, but they will provide you with the beauty of having plants indoors. Many herbs have pleasant aromas and can be used to flavor many recipes. You should by visiting the gardening section of your local discount store. Look for healthy seedlings as they are easier to grow. Herbs that will thrive indoors include mint, rosemary, chamomile, lavender, basil and oregano. When planting, make sure the container has proper drainage. Proper soil is another crucial part of growing indoor plants. Mix potting soil with sand and a small amount of lime to give your herbs the best soil conditions for growth. Before adding soil to your container, layer the bottom with gravel to ensure suitable drainage. Most herbs require at least a moderate amount of sunlight, so a place near a window or skylight is ideal. Windows facing south will provide the best sunlight, while windows facing north will supply less adequate lighting. If you think your herb garden may not be getting enough light, you can supplement by using fluorescent lighting. During the warm months, a little time outdoors can give your plants a boost. When your herbs receive the right amount of water, they will flourish and thrive. While it's important to make sure your herbs are getting enough water, over watering can also be harmful to your garden. Keeping an eye on the moisture level of your soil will give you a good idea of how often you need to water your herbs. Typically, once every one to two weeks will be plenty. Water just enough to keep the soil moist. Too much water can deprive your plant of oxygen. Yellowing of the leaves is a sign of over watering. Ref: http://www.doityourself.com
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