When setting up your kitchen, you can think of creating an indoor herb garden. This adds some aesthetic flair to your setup while also providing a useful resource for cooking. You can have the freedom to grow your little ingredients, perfect for any dish.
If you’re wondering how to create an edible garden right in your kitchen, these tips are meant for you.
Have All the Tools You Need
It seems like a tip that doesn’t need to be said, but a lot of people end up having issues during their garden setup because they didn’t get all the necessary tools beforehand. To keep all your bases covered, make sure you have indoor grow lights, scissors, potting soil, pots, pot trays, a trowel, and, of course, your actual seedlings for herbs of your choice.
Pick Herbs That Will Grow in Your Home
Contrary to popular belief, not all herbs can thrive well in any indoor environment. This depends on your humidity, sunlight, and even the air circulation indoors. It’s best to research on any herbs you’re thinking of adding to your garden to see if it matches the conditions you have.
On top of considering the herbs that will survive indoors, you also want to think about their growth rate and whether they are suited for your space.
Pick the Best Spot for Your Garden
Again, you can’t place your herb garden anywhere and then hope for the best. If you’re going to set it up in your kitchen for easy herb access, make sure that it has a nice and sunny location, or the area is well-lit with indoor grow lights. You also want to pick a spot that gives your herbs good access to air and decent humidity.
Even if you want your plants to get at least six hours’ worth of sun for optimum growth, you still want to make sure that you aren’t exposing them to too much heat. They still grow best in relatively cool spaces.
Prepare Your Pots Properly
Consider how quickly your herbs’ roots will fill up your containers. You’ll want to pick pots that are large and deep enough to fit this projected growth. You also want to make sure that it drains easily, so you should select one with enough drainage holes and make sure you don’t overpack it with soil.
You don’t have to look too long to find a good planting pot. As long as you get an appropriate-sized and sturdy choice and make a great potting mix, you have what you need.
Finally, all there is left to do is to plant your herbs! People get nervous or overwhelmed and end up pushing things back to the point where the herb garden never comes to fruition.
All you have to do is plant those herbs and make sure you water them well to keep them hydrated. Then, let them drain completely before placing them under the light (either sun or artificial).
Creating your herb garden is not that challenging. As long as you put in the effort, you should create your little nook and benefit from it over time. You can always rely on general gardening tips to keep it alive and nicely maintained, too. If you find that your herb garden is not thriving indoors, you can always move it outside.
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