Ensure you buy a container that has room for growth with enough drainage holes. Also place a tray underneath your pot so that it can collect any excess water.
• Begin with premium organic potting soil. It should be appropriate for vegetable planting. Get some of your favorite herbs.
• Fill the pot with enough soil (three quarters should be enough).
• Pour some water on the soil. Just a little amount so that the soil is moist but not wet
• Transplant the herbs from their containers carefully so that you do not damage the roots. Loosen the soil at the root base
• Space out the herbs evenly in the pot. Fill potting soil so that the roots are well covered
• Lightly pat the soil and water when finished.
NOTE: Mint often grows like weed and can thus easily crowd other herbs in your garden. Therefore, it’s wise to plant it in its own container.
Light is a vital element especially when you decide to grow your herbs indoors. Look for a spot in your house that gets some direct sunlight for at least 6 to 8 hours every day. If you realize that your herbs have few leaves, then they are probably not getting the right amount of light and are struggling to find it.
Always turn around frequently so that they do not germinate leaning in one direction.
Herbs have different water needs. Each should be watered according to its individual consumption of water. To check whether your herb needs water, deep your finger up to the knuckle into the soil to check for dryness. If the soil does not have water, then water your herbs. Always test your herbs before watering to avoid overwatering.
Proper drainage is also important, so do not allow water to collect in the pots bottom. Water your herbs and then allow them to drain completely so that the roots do not become water logged. When you notice your roots are turning yellow, then this is a sign that you are overwatering your herbs.
It’s wise to plant herbs that have similar water requirements together. For instance, basil requires frequent watering while rosemary needs minimal water to survive.
Clipping your herbs regularly ensures they grow healthy and faster. Even small plants need to be clipped so that they can branch out and grow fast. However, do not cut more than a third off at the same time. If you realize that your herbs have started flowering, this is a clear sign that you are not clipping then as often as you should. Cut the flower blooms and clip back as needed.
Growing your own herbs is such a rewarding experience that doesn’t require any expertise to be successful. And the convenience of just plucking the herb you need when cooking is just awesome. They will add a breath of fresh air and beauty that will surely trigger some creativity when it comes to cooking.