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Your Indoor Herb Garden

Herb Garden on a WindowsillIndoor herb gardens bring so many advantages for Mohave Valley renters who not only cook but may just want to beautify their homes with greenery and fragrance. Growing herbs indoors is not too hard on your budget, nor is it difficult; however, it does take a bit of time planning and the right information. It can likewise be an excellent way to get started in the event that you haven’t gardened much before. If you’ve ever thought about starting an indoor herb garden, keep reading to find out more about which herbs work best indoors and how to properly care for your herbs as they grow.

An herb garden is a great way to enjoy fresh produce while adding natural beauty to your home’s interior. Bear in mind though that before you can do so, you have to know which herbs grow best indoors. Different herb plants have different light and soil needs, and so selecting the right herbs is a crucial first step. Those that do best inside include options like rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, mint, and parsley. Most garden centers carry seedlings of these plants in the spring, making it easy to get your new garden established.

As soon as you know which type of herbs you wish to grow, the next step is to prepare your growing containers. Mainly any type of container will work provided that it has good drainage and a way to protect the surface underneath. It is likewise okay to start small, but remember that if your plants thrive, you may end up needing to repot your herb plants relatively soon. Fill each container with a potting mix, not potting soil; potting mix has more organic matter that will help encourage strong growth. Some gardeners prefer to keep different herb plants separate in their own pots or containers, but it is not compulsory to do so. As long as each plant has enough room to grow and send down roots, they should work out just fine.

With your containers prepared and your plants chosen, the next step is to make a decision as to where to place your herb garden. Your plants will need between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight every day, so a sunny windowsill or other locations that are the same will usually work best. In case you don’t have a windowsill, there are quite a few creative choices available, from wall planters to containers that stick directly to the glass. Herbs do not grow well without at least some direct sunlight, but they also can’t stand too much. Finding the perfect “goldilocks” spot that feels JUST RIGHT is the key to healthy plants.

Your herb garden will also need adequate amounts of water. When it comes to herbs, the goal is to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Add water in small amounts, and take care not to let the soil dry out completely between watering. Both too little water and too much water is bad for herb plants, so it is a good idea to save the little tags that come with seedlings and follow the suggested amounts. It is also a good idea to keep track of when and how much you are watering your plants.

Once your herbs are established, you can start harvesting leaves to season your food. Fresh herbs are delicious and healthy, not to mention convenient. But remember not to cut too much of one plant at a time. Although regular trims encourage new growth, cutting too much could cause the plant to fail overall. As long as you are careful not to remove more than a quarter of the plant at one time, you can continue to enjoy your fresh herbs throughout the seasons.

The best garden has to have the perfect home to live in. At Real Property Management Northern Arizona, our Mohave Valley property managers are also experts at helping our tenants find the home that is just right for them. Contact us online or call 928-757-7368 and ask us about our available rentals today.

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