How Does Your Indoor Garden Grow?
Indoor herb gardens are not only convenient for the chef in the family but add a great dose of lively color to your apartment home. We realize not everyone has a green thumb, so here are some tips on creating an indoor garden you can enjoy throughout the year:Ã¢ÂÂ
Catch the light!
Understanding what kind of lighting your plants and herbs need for optimum growth is the first step to a successful indoor garden. Check the instructions listed on the seed packet or starter plant and follow the directions for lighting. Windowsills and window boxes are ideal for fresh herbs and really brighten up a kitchen. For everything you need to know on lighting for your indoor garden, check out Modern Farmer’s “Grow Lights for Indoor Plants and Indoor Gardening: An Overview.”
Avoid these watering mistakes!
Most novice gardeners make the mistake of either over-watering or under-watering. First, make sure your pot has proper drainage so that the roots are not sitting in water and rotting. Follow the watering directions on the seed packet or the starter plant. For more information on how much is too much or not enough, check out the Houseplant Watering Basics from Better Homes and Gardens and take heed of this advice from Wiki How and “let the plant determine when you water it.”
What to plant.
Herb gardens are one of the more popular indoor gardens due to their compact size. Basil, bay, chervil, parsley, chives, tarragon, and thyme are among the most popular of herbs that can easily be grown indoors.
You can also purchase indoor garden kits from your local hardware store or nursery, or online. Urban Leaf has a Culinary Classics Kit for the gourmet chef in the family and Back to the Roots features several options to choose from.
You don’t have to stop at herbs, however. Check out Country Living’s “8 Best Vegetables to Grow Indoors” for more ideas.
How does your indoor garden grow? Tell us all about it at #LifeatWeidner.
-The Weidner Team