Herb Gardening 101

Planting Herbs

Herbs can be planted in a small window box suitable for a sunny kitchen ledge or a strawberry pot with holes for plants all around, like used on Martha Stewart.

Requirements for Growing Herbs Successfully

  • Light requirements: 6 hours in a sunny window for most herbs, 4 is OK for rosemary, mint, and parsley.
  • You could also use a grow light. It should be approximately 16 inches above the plants and needs to be on for 12 to 14 hours to provide the equivalent of 6 hours sunlight. It looks like a fluorescent light tube.
  • Drainage: All herbs require especially good drainage. The containers must have drainage holes on the bottom, and Leda recommend adding additional perlite or sand to a commercial potting soil mix (1 part perlite or sand to 3 parts mix).
  • Watering: Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes people make when growing herbs indoors. The surface of the soil must be allowed to dry to a depth of 1-inch before watering, and then it should be a good, deep watering (until water flows through the drainage holes).
  • Feeding: Herbs should be fed once a month with a half-strength organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion.

Herbs That Grow Best Indoors

The herbs featured frequently on MarthaStewart.com include:

  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano
  • Sage

Source: Martha Stewart Living. Read the full article here.

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