You may have a garden full of herbs, but it is also worthwhile to start growing herbs in your home, because as anyone with even a cursory interest in the subject will realize, the gains are substantial.
Widely known for their flavorful properties, herbs have become mainstays in assorted recipes. If you go over a regular cook book or website dedicated to cooking, you will immediately see that common herbs like basil, bay leaf, rosemary, ginger, cilantro, chili and celery are part and parcel of the ingredients. By growing herbs in your home, you will be able to have access to these herbs easily even if the summer season is over and done with.
Before you begin growing herbs in your home, you should consider the space you will set aside. The more you want to plant, the bigger the space you will have to set aside. Also, you will need to have the right kind of soil.
Every so often you will want to evaluate the state of the soil so you will get an idea if it is still fertile or if it needs more watering. The containers that you will use are also vital and a little research into the different kinds of material available will be of help.
Growing herbs in your home also means you need to examine the lighting well. As much as possible you should allow the plants to get some sunlight, but if that is no longer possible, look at the artificial lighting you are using. The best one suited for the job is the skylight, and installing one will help your herbs grow.
It must be emphasized here that the lighting plays a critical part in growing herbs in your home. If the lighting you put in is not sufficient, you will immediately see it in the appearance of the plants; the foliage will be a lot smaller and the colors will appear faded. If you buy a full grown plant, give it maximum light at first because that is the kind of light that will be in the shop, so give it time to adjust to the lighting in your home.
The advantages of growing herbs in your home are varied and as science uncovers more potential benefits from taking these herbs, all the more reason that you will want to have these gems of nature close at hand.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:06:14.