Why wait for spring? Grow herbs indoors to enjoy year round – St George News

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CHARACTERISTIC –Add a fresh flavor from the garden to your meals all year round. Grow some of your favorite herbs indoors, harvest, and enjoy.

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Select a variety of herbs that you and your family enjoy and use for cooking, decoration, or perfume. Basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, marjoram, mint, parsley, sage, and thyme are some of the easiest herbs to grow indoors. Purchase plants or seeds from your local garden center, your favorite gardening catalog, or the produce section of the grocery store.

Most herbs need six to eight hours of bright light per day. A south-facing window in winter is preferable, but an east or west-facing window may be sufficient. Increase the success with artificial lights. Set the timer for 14 to 16 hours a day and keep the lights 6 to 12 inches above the plants.

You’ll find plenty of energy efficient and stylish options for just about any space. More stylish designs like Gardener’s Supply Micro Grow Light Garden can be placed on the kitchen counter or on a small table. Quality furniture options like Bamboo LED Grow Light Garden make it easy to grow herbs in just about any room in the house.

Use a variety of plants to create an attractive display in a large windowsill planter. Combine plants that have the same growing requirements to ensure success.

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Or place each herbaceous plant in its own container. A 4 to 7 inch pot is a good size when starting with smaller plants. Growing individual plants in their own container allows you to provide the specific watering, care, and transplantation that they require.

Select containers with drainage holes or reduce maintenance and increase success with self-watering containers like the Viva self-watering planters. Simply fill the reservoir with water which gradually releases the water into the soil for the plants to use. You will need to water less often.

Fill the container with quality, well-drained potting soil. Many contain a slow-release fertilizer, providing your plants with weeks or even months of nutrients. Just check the label for details and adjust the fertilization as needed.

Water the containers thoroughly whenever the first inch of soil is dry. Drain off the excess water so that the plant does not sit in the excess and succumb to root rot. Or place pebbles in the tray to elevate the pot above the water that collects in the saucer or tray. This means less work for you and better growing conditions for the plant.

Incorporate a slow-release fertilizer or use a dilute solution of any houseplant fertilizer once the nutrients in the potting mix are depleted. Follow the directions on the label and don’t overdo it, as too much fertilizer can harm your plants.

Begin harvesting most herbs when they reach 6 to 8 inches in height and as needed. Use a pair of garden scissors, snips, or sharp hand pruners. Make cuts above a set of healthy leaves so that the remaining plant looks neater and tidier. As the plant grows you will be able to harvest larger amounts and more often.

Start with a few of your favorite herbs and expand your collection as you gain experience. Soon you will be confident and eager to try harder favorites.

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