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The Top 3 Indoor Herb Ideas For Your Garden This Year
Top 3 Indoor Herb Ideas

 

If you are someone who enjoys your dishes with a hint of fresh herbs and is bored with the preservative taste of packaged herbs but cannot own a herb garden, setting up a small and cozy herb garden indoors is the best solution for you! This would help you manage your time and effort and give you the benefits of raising a beautiful garden of your own, just like in fairy core set-ups.

You can apply many ideas to build your own indoor herb garden, ranging from buying an automated kit. If you are low on budget, you can always make your own DIY indoor herb garden.

 

Which herbs to grow indoors?

Some herbs need extensive care and perfect conditions, making them difficult to incorporate into your indoor herb garden. However, below is a list of herbs that have grown quickly and healthily inside. If you are starting out with herb gardening, you can choose any following herbs.

  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Dill
  • Cilantro
  • Chervil
  • Chives
  • Sage
  • Mint

These herbs are easy to maintain at home and are a great addition to your food and Italian recipes plus have some immense health benefits when incorporated in certain diets.

 

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Indoor herb garden ideas

1. Readymade Kit

A herb gardening kit is readily available in local shops and nurseries. You can also look it up online on platforms like Amazon. A generic herb gardening kit contains seeds, mugs to plant, scissors, and other accessories. You just have to combine everything together and place them wherever you like. You can choose a kit that is suitable to the conditions wherein you want to put your herbs; if it is a confined space, small and space-saving kits are best suited for you, or if you have a bigger space to plant your herb garden, you can go for an extensive herb kit and grow more and more herbs. However, if you are a beginner, you are advised to always start with a compact and small kit to avoid making a mess and take care of it quickly. Once you are comfortable, you can always increase the size of your indoor herb garden. Buying and setting up a kit also gives you an easy option to use soil in the plant or any other alternative. Many people avoid using soil in their indoor gardens to prevent mess. Indoor garden kits are available in hydroponic systems (using a nutrient-rich solution for the plant in place of soil), aquaponic systems (using fishes beneath your plant instead of soil so that the plant gets its required nutrients from fish waste), and aeroponic systems (manual spraying of water and other nutrients needed in the roots of the plant).

 

2. Window Herb Garden

In case you want to build your herb garden yourself, there are a lot of pointers you need to keep in mind to keep your herbs alive and healthy.

  • Provide an appropriate amount of sunlight to your herbs to not dry out. Some herbs require a lot of the sun, whereas others require just a few. You might want to place your herbs in the sunniest spot you have free or an indoor garden. If you cannot set up your indoor garden in a bright spot, you can always use an artificial sun or a light to provide adequate light to your plants.
  • Choose the herbs that you consume routinely and grow them only. Do not overburden yourself with every kind of herb to grow; otherwise, you will mess up, and none of your herbs might survive. Remember, too many cooks spoil the broth. Be cautious while choosing the number and which herbs you want to grow.
  • Place the plants in the perfect container, which looks good and is also practical. A suitable plant container has good drainage and does not hold water unnecessarily, thus saving your plants’ roots from getting clogged. You can either use any jars or containers at your home or buy perfect herb containers from garden centers.
  • Be sure not to give a lot of water to a small herb plant. Herb plants generally require less water and thus use a small amount of water; otherwise, there is a persistent risk of waterlogging its roots.
  • Use a protective container beneath your pot to clean the place surrounding your garden.
  • If you see your herbs outgrowing themselves or coming out of the plant, it is time to transplant them into a new container.
  • Keep a regular check on your herb plants for diseases, insects, or any other abnormality to be safe while consuming them.

 

3. Wall or Hanging Garden

If you do not have enough space to place an indoor garden in your house, you can go for hanging gardens. Instead of putting your pots on the window sill or on the balcony, you can also use hangers and other tools to hang your pots on the wall, on a board stuck to the wall, or even on glass windows and doors. You can either use DIYs to reuse your existing pots into hanging ones or buy hanging wall pots. In a hanging indoor garden, you need to be careful about the amount of sunlight available, so make sure you hang your garden in a sunny spot in your home. Also, use suitable containers with a proper drainage system since the excess water might leak and dirty your floor. So, you might need to install some pipes or a large container beneath your garden to save yourself a mess.

 

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Facing problems? Extra tips!

If you notice that your herbs are not growing or drying out fast, it can be because you are not fulfilling all plant requirements. Give them enough sunlight and water. Also, ensure a proper water drainage system as it is commonly seen that a plant dies majorly because its roots were waterlogged due to excess moisture and thus could not breathe. While overwatering is one of the most common reasons for your herb not growing, underwatering can also not be overlooked. Be sure you provide water to your herb plant at regular intervals; otherwise, its roots will dry out, and your plant will, at last, die out of dryness. Herb plants require a certain level of humidity. Due to the enclosed areas of our homes with additional humidity-removers such as air conditioners, heaters, and air purifiers, the plants lack a humid environment. This might also be the reason for your plant drying out. Be sure to place your indoor garden with adequate humidity for the plant. If no such place is available, you can use artificial techniques to ensure a specific moisture level around your indoor garden. While planting the herbs at an initial stage, you should ensure that you choose the right soil mix for every seasoning you are growing. Every herb requires a different composition of soil and nutrients, and thus customizing every soil mix becomes essential to keep your herb plant healthy. If you have planted your herbs in a small pot, keep an eye on overcrowding. With fewer nutrients in the soil in a small container, the soil eventually cannot sustain even a small part of the herb if the herb grows and grows. As a result, the whole plant dies. Thus, to prevent overcrowding, you need to keep transferring the overgrown herbs to a different container so that every part of the plant receives adequate nutrition and water from the soil. 

 

Conclusion

Growing your own herbs is a great way to eat organic and save the hassle of buying fresh herbs every time you want to cook. But this only works if you are committed enough to give your indoor garden enough love and care so that it provides you fresh herbs to eat in return. Growing your own indoor herb garden is a tedious and cumbersome task, but you can enjoy your homegrown herbs if you start small and work smart with them. Follow cured.com for more tips on going organic and being healthy!

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