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Indoor Winter Herb Gardening – How To Grow Herbs Indoors

November 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Growing Plants Indoors

Even in the cold months of winter, there are many types of herbs that you can grow right in your home.  Indoor herb gardening requires a little bit of work, but it’s nothing you can’t handle.   Even with very little experience with plants and gardening, you will be able to grow herbs in your home or office without any issues.  Some of the plants that require the least amount of work include:  thyme, rosemary, basil, mint, and thyme. These tasty herbs can all be grown all year round using organic soil or hydroponic methods.

The first step in setting up an indoor winter herb garden is to gather all the materials, including: organic seeds, planters, compost, and containers with holes at the bottom.  If you plan on growing a variety of herbs, you’ll also find labels to be essential components. Some people use Popsicle sticks as labels and stick them in the compost in front of the corresponding plants.

Each pot will need to be filled almost to the top with compost. You can also add a layer of crushed egg shells on top of the compost. They will help add moisture to the soil so that the plants can get the nutrients they need to grow. It’s important that the soil is kept moist, but not soggy. Too much water will only harm the plants just as an inefficient amount with, so only add enough to make the soil damp.

Indoor winter  herb gardening also requires fertilization with good nutrients.  You need to fertilize the plants regularly in order for them to grow quickly. Some gardening stores sell indoor plant spikes that can be inserted down into the soil, automatically releasing the fertilizer. You can get either inorganic or organic fertilizer. It’s important that you choose the appropriate level of dosage for your indoor herbs.

You may want to consider doing some pruning as well. You can’t allow your herbs to become overgrown, as they will not turn out as healthy as they should. Cut off extra leaves every now and then to maintain the production stage of the plant. A general rule of thumb is to allow only leaves in pairs stay on a plant and cut any leaf that’s by itself.

Indoor herb gardens needs the right amount of light in order to grow to it’s maximum potential.  If you live in an area that doesn’t receive much sunlight in the winter months, you can use grow lights.  Almost any plant can grow under fluorescent, high intensity discharge lights, or led grow lights, although many indoor gardeners choose to mix fluorescent and high pressure sodium lights.  Indoors your can create a perfect day everyday and give your garden the proper light that it needs to thrive.

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