In today’s times big spacious bungalows with huge lawns and big gardens are a passé. You have to adjust to living in apartments or flats where there is little or no scope of having an open garden. To satiate your desire and to occupy yourself in a creative and fruitful hobby cultivating an indoor herb garden is a sensible option.
Why indoor herb garden? You might ask! Well it will give you double benefit, firstly herbs purify the environment from pollution and spread a refreshing aroma in the atmosphere. Secondly, you will have fresh herbs available in your home 24 hours of the day. Mint, coriander, oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary are easy to grow in an indoor herb garden.
Growing an indoor herb garden is not a difficult job, you need to keep a few things in mind such as:
Potting and Fertilizing
Select the containers or pots that are 6 – 10 inches deep. You can plant herbs in any type of pots. You can even plant multiple herbs in a long wide container if you have a suitable area to keep it. It increases the aesthetic value of the plants and is also convenient to manage them.
There should be proper drainage in the pots to help excess water to drain out. Soil mix is a very crucial part to get good quality herbs. Make a proportionate mix of sand, lime and soil for indoor herbs and periodically keep checking the soil to see that it has the required nutrients.
When filling the pot with the soil, leave one inch space above the soil for watering. Nourish your indoor herbs with fertilizer, once a month. You can buy plants or seeds from a local nursery. Always buy good quality seeds to get a good yield.
Lighting is very important for cultivating an indoor herb garden. Choose a place in your house like a window sill or a balcony, where the plants are exposed to 5 hours of direct or indirect sunlight. You can also keep the plants under a skylight as it will provide artificial sunlight for the plants.
Proper lighting helps the plant to grow healthy and it prevents the leaves from turning yellow or limp.
When you buy saplings from a nursery keep them in full light for a few days and gradually shift them to your desired location. It will help the plants to get accustomed to the new environment.
Watering of Indoor Herbs
Indoor herbs need less frequent watering as the moisture content in the house is more than outdoors. Over watering will rot the roots of the plants. Water to be given to the plants should be of room temperature.
To maintain the moisture of indoor herbs check that the soil of the plants is moist till one inch depth.
There are many benefits of cultivating an indoor herb garden. Once your plants begin to grow well, you will be using herbs in your cooking more frequently. It will improve the taste and nutritional value of your food.
Indoor herb garden is easy to maintain and you need not worry about the health of your plants in extreme weather conditions.