During a time when you are likely spending lots of time inside, it’s a good idea to start a fun project which can keep you busy and even make dinner more delicious! Why not start an indoor herb garden? Seeds and potting soil are inexpensive, and herbs are relatively easy to care for. Read on for our top tips on starting your very own garden!
Avoid Herbs That Don’t Thrive Inside
Not all herbs are suitable to be grown indoors. We suggest basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary and thyme. Dill and basil, on the other hand, are popular herbs that do better outside. Basil prefers the compost-rich soil of the outdoors and dill is simply too large to be practical.
Pick A Sunny Spot
You may have had the unpleasant experience of watching a plant dry up with too much sunlight exposure, but this is almost impossible with herbs! Herbs love sun and next to a large window is the best spot for your new indoor garden. Especially in the winter months, setting your plants in the middle of the room (even a sunny one) will mean significant lags in growth.
Make Sure Your Container Drains
Soggy soil can mean death for herbs, so make sure your container drains and your soil isn’t packed too tightly. Planters should have a drain at the bottom and rest in a dish to avoid damaging surfaces with water. If you have extra mason jars you’d like to use instead of buying planters, go ahead! Just make sure you place a layer of pebbles at the bottom to catch moisture. Let your soil dry a bit before re-watering, but avoid letting your herbs have bone-dry dirt.
Get The Right Soil
Speaking of soil, what you pick matters. Regular potting soil is good for most herbs, but rosemary, thyme, and organo do better in an equal blend of potting soil and cactus mix. Using houseplant fertilizer once a month is also a good idea.
Order Your Supplies Online
The best thing about your DIY indoor herb garden is you don’t need to leave home to get started. Many herb seeds and potting soil are available online, and the good news is that’s really all you need! As previously mentioned, if you don’t have any planters, mason jars and even old soup cans work perfectly! Follow the lead of the image above and plan a fun DIY project of painting your cans for a striking look.
We hope you’re inspired to start your very own indoor herb garden after reading our suggestions! Growing herbs is a fun project that little ones can help out with, whether it’s watering or checking the soil for dryness levels. Enjoy your fresh herbs and remember to follow along on the Medallion blog for more ideas on life at home.