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21 Oct Let’s Grow Herbs Indoors
You like Herbs in your food but can’t grow them in open and don’t want to pay the local grocery store for those small bunches?
We have a solution for you. With the snowy weather coming around, we all face the problem of losing the option to grow the smalls herbs that add a little bit of extra flavor to our food. Well, here is what you can do to get those herbs as fresh as possible. Grow them Indoors!!!!
Pick the herbs
The most consumed herbs include Basil, Mint, Chives, Parsley, and Oregano. Most of these herbs need loose, fast-draining soil. In winters, due to high moisture in the air, the soil becomes soggy, which can be fatal to these soft plants. Some other herbs that you can grow indoors are Bay laurel, Chervil, Rosemary, and Thyme.
Pick a pot
Now you have two options. Either go to a local Garden center and pick up the special pots for herb or find some container lying around in your house and use it artistically to grow your herbs indoors. No matter which pot or container you use, there’s one thing you need to keep in mind, drainage. The pot must have proper drainage so that excess water can not stay in the soil for long, making it all soggy and unsuitable for the herbs in winters.
Pick a location
Just find a good sunny spot at your place and keep the potted herbs there. Usually, the South-facing windows are the source of the brightest light in the house with longer sun exposure during cold winters.
If you are not able to find the right spot with natural light, there’s nothing to worry about. Just get the Full-Spectrum grow lights and let them do their magic.
Pick the right watering schedule
Indoor plants respire and photosynthesize a little differently than outdoor plants, especially in cold weather. Water the plants, but don’t overwater them. Moisture in the air decreases the transpiration and thus the plant requires less watering and leaves soil wet or damp for a longer time. But if your heating system makes the soil dry quicker, you may have to adjust accordingly. We suggest drizzling the plant with water when they look thirsty.
Pick the right harvesting system
Don’t cut the whole top of the plant when using for cooking or any other purpose. Harvest a little at a time and from different spots. Don’t make a distinct cut on one side while leaving the other side fully bushed. Cut for random areas to make proper aeration and plant balance.
Pick when to transplant
Herbs have a short life span, especially when planted indoors. To prolong their life span, we recommend transplanting them to the bigger containers when they start outgrowing their current pots.
Pick the right protection
Plants are always susceptible to flies, gnats and other small insect flying around the house or entering through or doors and windows. Use The Environmental Factor Inc.’s Long Lasting Sticky Traps and NemaGlobe Pot Poppers to prevent your plants from being attacked and damaged by those organisms.