Growing Fresh Herbs Indoors
Being someone that loves to cook homemade meals on a regular basis for my family, using fresh herbs from my herb garden is non negotiable. The delicious fresh taste that naturally home grown herbs brings to home cooked meals is just indescribable. I always become disappointed when winter rolls around because not all the herbs that I grow can be grown indoors, like basil for example. The good news though is that there are many herbs that can flourish indoors, including Chives, Rosemary, Oregano, and Thyme. Any of those herbs makes a great addition to any homemade meal. Another added bonus to growing your own herbs, besides the delicious taste, is that it costs almost nothing. A packet of high quality organic herb seeds may cost only but a couple dollars and the rest is just your loving investment of time to nurture these plants.
Starting Up Your Fresh Herb Garden
One of the good things about growing herbs indoors is that you don’t have to transplant any plants that you already have growing outside, so even if you are just starting off, you can grow these fresh herbs from seeds. The only downside to starting plants from seeds in the fall versus digging up already mature plants from your garden, is that they will most likely not grow as much and as fast than if they were outside to begin with. You can grow plants from seeds indoors with all natural light from the window, but to increase the growth of your plants, grow lights always help.
To start off, the first thing you will need to make sure you have is a good sized window sill. A pot around 4 inches will need to fit there, along with the saucer it sits in which will probably be around 5 inches. The pot that you choose to start your fresh herbs in needs to have a drainage hole so that the plants don’t rot. Before you even think about getting dirt in that pot, the day before you plan to plant your seeds, soak them in water overnight. By soaking the seeds before planting, you allow the seeds to become fully penetrated with water which would take much longer if planted in dirt first.
Now it’s time to get the dirt. When you are filling the pot with dirt, make sure you pack it down and leave no air pockets. If there are any air pockets, you risk the chance of your seed falling all the way to the bottom. When growing herbs indoors, you only need to plant a seed about 2 or 3 times deeper than the width of the seed. For extremely small seeds, all you have to do is push them into the soil with your finger.
Now Comes The Waiting Time For Your Fresh Herbs
Water the plants so the soil is very saturated and then place a piece of plastic wrap over the pot and place it on your window sill. Once the plant begins to sprout, you can remove the plastic from the top of the pot. (Just an added thought if you plan on transplanting the plants outside when the weather warms up: When the weather becomes a little warmer, begin to place your plant outside a few hours a day to “harden” it for the harsher outdoor weather.)
Once your plants have sprouted, the only thing left for you to do is make sure they get enough sun and don’t dry out. Constantly having your heat on full blast all winter will dry out your plants quickly so frequent watering is very important if you want your fresh herbs to flourish. Now after all your hard work is done and your plant is large enough to harvest, you can enjoy delicious home cooked meals with your own home grown fresh herbs!