Growing herbs indoors in containers is the most viable alternative when you do not have sufficient space in your backyard. There are many herbs that can do well in windowsills or in balconies. However, this may not be easy as it seem. Here are some tips on growing herbs indoors in containers.
Depending on where you are living, weather or seasonal changes can become a hindrance in growing an herb garden. However, this should not stop you from taking advantage of fresh herbs from your garden. As mentioned, there are certain varieties of herbs that thrive inside the house. They do not only provide a fresh supply of herbs but also offer attractive opportunities for gardening for children.
Growing herbs indoors in containers requires your utmost care and attention. Basil, angelica, parsley, dill, geranium are examples of plants that can do well inside the house. However, to make sure that they will give their optimum performance, you need to make sure that the location for your indoor garden is well-lighted and has sufficient sunlight. The best location is in the south side but if it is not possible, make sure that the plant will receive sufficient light during the day.
Growing herbs indoors in containers requires that you purchase your herbs from reliable suppliers. Avoid expired seed packets as well as unhealthy looking plants. When buying compost, choose a good brand as it will provide nutrition for your plants.
The container for the herb garden is easier to choose. There is a wide selection which you can find in garden shops and nurseries. A cheaper alternative would be to use old objects such as an old bucket or a teapot with damaged handle.
If your children are involved in growing herbs indoors in containers, it would be a good idea to let them decorate plant pots using paint, paper or other mediums to come up with their own design for the pot.
When growing herbs indoors in containers, you need to treat the plants with care. Water them constantly but not too much water as it can kill the plant. Once a week of water is enough.
Before watering the herbs, you need to check the compost as well. If the compost still looks wet, water it the next day. If you chose good compost for your indoor herb garden and the winter is quite short, then you might only need to feed your plants once. On the other hand, if there is a long winter, it might be good to purchase the slow release pellets found in garden shops.
These tips will help you become successful in growing herbs indoors in containers.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 10:58:13.