Black thumbs unite! I've been there. I feel you! I vividly remember feeling proud when my basil plant had a whopping three leaves hanging off of its branches. Gardening was never really my strongest suit, but in the past little while I've turned a corner. As it turns out, all you really need for a successful garden is a little know-how, and a lot of love. And with our help, your indoor herb garden will thrive in no time!
Great Herbs for Growing Indoors
No. 1 - Annual herbs are easy to start from seeds, but perennial herbs will be easier to start from a plant.
No. 2 - Find a spot with a good 5-8 hours of sunlight (we love the kitchen windowsill). Cilantro, parsley, and basil need a bit more light and warmth than other herbs, so choose a south-facing window if you can.
No. 3 - Make sure the water can drain quickly from the container. Add a layer of small stones to the bottom of the pot to help with drainage.
No. 4 - Use a seed-starting soil or potting soil (or mix of the two), but avoid garden soil which is heavier.
No. 5 - Water when the soil on the surface is dry. Water basil only around the base, it doesn't like water on the leaves.
No. 6 - After about 10 days, you can start feeding the plants with a nutrient-rich fertilizer every 2 weeks. This is especially important in container gardens as the roots can quickly use up all the available nutrients.
No. 7 - Never trim more than 1/3 of a plant's leaves. Keep plenty of leaves on the plant to encourage new growth.
Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography