Planting Herbs 101

Plants have always been used to provide food and to add flavor to our foods. Many people grow herbs through the summer months, but shy away from continuing herb gardening through winter months. With the use of planters and containers, indoor herb growing is an easy task and will fill your home with a delicious aroma!

Most herbs need about six hours of sunlight each day. Plan to place your herb containers in a well-lit space where they can soak up the sun for energy and growth. It is important to note that containers have a tendency to become little heaters for your plants, so depending on which type of container you use, your herbs may need less sunlight than if they were placed outdoors.

Consider the watering needs of your herbs when you choose their container. Some herbs appreciate a constant supply of water, which can be achieved through a self-watering container. Other varieties of herbs can survive with periodic watering and can be placed in most any container. Herb containers should offer sufficient drainage because overwatering your herbs may kill them. Most herb plants have shallow roots so you can use smaller containers, too!

Equip yourself with high quality planting soil and fill your pots half way. If starting with seeds, fill the container ¾ of the way and place the seed about two inches into the soil. If transplanting a started seed, place the plant and roots into container and fill the remaining space with potting soil.

Now that you’ve got the necessary information to get started, it is time to choose which herbs to grow! Here are a few staples you may want to have in your home:

Parsley – With low light and watering requirements, this plant will provide a tasty addition to your recipes.

Mint – Known to grow like a weed, peppermint will choke out other herbs in the same container. Place a “peppermint only” container in an area that receives a small amount of light throughout the day.

Oregano – A required 6-8 hours of sunlight is suggested for healthy growth, so place your oregano container in a southwest-facing window.

Basil – Popular and frequently used in the culinary world, your best bet is to host African Blue Basil indoors. Hydroponic growth for basil is a great option, too.

Chives – An easy-to-grow herb that does not require much light. These are best started from already established plants.

Now that you’re prepared with knowledge and a few tips for better planting and growing, you’re all set to get started. Which herbs will you plant today?

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