As more people discover the advantages of using herbs in cooking, it is becoming increasingly popular to nurture them inside the house. But how exactly are growing herbs indoor done?
Among the first things that you will want to consider when growing herbs indoor is the timing, the ideal being usually prior to the initial frost. If you are not growing the herbs and want to move the existing ones outside into your home, start digging them up from their pots. It should also be noted that some herbs adapt more easily to indoor settings than others. Among the most adaptable are lavender, thyme, oregano and chives.
Before growing herbs indoor, you should take into consideration the pests and insects that might hinder their growth. This is even more critical if you are transplanting the herbs from outside. Look thoroughly into the pots for any insects that may be hiding there.
When it comes to growing herbs indoor, you should pay particular attention to the soil. There are several types of soil available, but you should purchase the best that you can afford. Although some may come in already mixed, others are not. If not, you should add in equal parts soil, peat moss and sand.
(If you are growing herbs indoor water them every week, or if the soil is moist, every couple of weeks or so. If you just transplanted the herbs, store them in a separate room away from your other plants (this is necessary so you can remove the other pests that may still linger there).
Next place the plants in a location where exposure to direct sunlight is impossible. After a week expose them to fluorescent light. Take the herbs out so it can have some sunlight and repeat the process for a week.
Following this process the plants will have adjusted. If you are growing herbs indoor and not dealing with full grown plants, this step will not be necessary. However there are those who bring the herbs outside for a few minutes every day or every week. This is not really essential, but it will not hurt their growth either.
As you start growing herbs indoor you will reap the benefits, both in terms of adding extra flavors to your recipes at no extra cost, but also help your skills flourish as a gardener. By investing time in developing this skill, you will end up saving money in the long run.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 10:35:43.