Don’t have a lot of space? Don’t consider yourself a gardener? Then growing herbs is an easy way to introduce a little bit of green into your home. These delicious little plants require little space, maintenance and all they need is a little water and lots of sunlight.
The first step to creating a healthy environment for a plant is the type of pot. Like with any plant, the larger the pot the more room there is to grow. Most herbs have very small and shallow roots so they don’t need anything too deep or too wide.
When spacing herbs keep in mind that herbs like mint and oregano are very fast growers so will eventually compete with others if planted too close. Make sure you don’t over crowd your herbs. Although they start off small they will grow very quickly.
Good quality soil is essential for growing anything. There are different varieties of potting soil on the market and your local nursery will be able to recommend one specifically suited to herbs. You will need to fertilize your plants every month or so during the growing season. You can either use an organic liquid solution, Seaweed solution or slow releasing organic pellets that you mix into the soil.
Grouping herbs into wet or dry climate growers reduces the risk of over/under watering. Basil, Coriander and Dill are just some of the types that like a very moist soil and will require watering two to three times a week. Oregano, Thyme and Rosemary are very hardy and can thrive under pretty harsh conditions. You will only need to water these once a week.
Most importantly, your herbs need natural light. Even herbs positioned indoors will need to periodically venture outside to give them a bit of fresh air and sunlight. Be careful in summer that they aren’t directly under the sun as the leaves can burn and turn brown.
Good luck and don’t be discouraged I assure you it is well worth the effort.
By Emily Marshall
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