Tips for Herb Growing Success Indoors

Growing an herb garden indoors can be rewarding and fun. And it can be simple if done the right way from the start. Proper education before you get going is the key to success. Here are eight tips to keep in mind when growing an herb garden indoors. 1. Adequate Sun Exposure – Most herbs need sun for about six to eight hours a day, so make sure you find a location in your house that offers this amount of sunlight. Proper sunlight is also responsible for the flavor of your herbs. The more sunlight they get, the better the flavor. 2. Proper Temperature – Keep the temperatures in your house or the room the herbs are located in at around 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. If you need to reduce the growth of herbs, reduce the temperatures to about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. 3. Water – Herbs need a moderate...
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Ten Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen

Fresh herbs are a wonderful addition to meals, providing great flavor and health benefits. The amazing thing is that there are plenty of herbs you can grow in your house without the need for a home garden. All you need is a few windowsills with proper sunlight, water, and a few plant pots. 1. Basil – Basil is an amazingly versatile herb that can be used for just about anything, from pesto to sauces or even frozen desserts like watermelon sorbet. Basil offers a nice peppery mint flavor and is said to be a powerful antibacterial. 2. Chamomile – Chamomile is an herb traditionally used as medicine due to its anti-inflammatory and calming properties. Chamomile is best in teas to help ease an upset stomach or help you sleep. 3. Chives – Chives have a mild onion flavor that goes great with soups and vegetable dishes. Add chives to butter...
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Supplies You Need to Grow Herbs

When you decide to start growing herbs, the next thing you need to do is figure out what supplies you need to buy. You may be able to find some things at home that you can use, at second-hand stores, as well as at the garden store. Plus, of course, you can find supplies to buy online via Amazon. * Seeds – If you want to grow herbs from seeds, they can be purchased from many stores like the grocery store, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and more traditional neighborhood garden stores. But you can also order them online via Amazon kits, like this 5 Herbs from Organic Seeds kit. The important thing is to buy seeds from someone you trust.   * Space – You’re going to need some space to grow herbs. If you’re doing it indoors, you’ll need shelving that allows you to either move the plants to a...
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Herbs You Can Plant Together

Herbs are used for cooking, cleaning, and even for health reasons. For centuries, plants were the only medicine we had. People tended to their plants very carefully. Planting herbs for cooking is a great way to not only boost your kitchen creativity but also to get healthy. Thankfully, many herbs grow just fine together. Plus, growing herbs is not hard to do. You can do it inside and outside with the right light, the right soil, and the right care. Let’s look at a few different ideas that you can start with. Mediterranean Herbs Mediterranean herbs such as rosemary, oregano, sage, thyme, marjoram, and lavender can be planted together due to their similar soil and climate needs. Mediterranean herbs flourish in dry and sandy soil similar to the soil and weather conditions in the Mediterranean Basin. This means these herbs will grow better in sunny, hot, and dry weather conditions....
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Herbs to Grow in Your Spring Garden

If you are looking for an affordable, easy and great way to enhance the flavor of your foods, then start an herb garden. Herbs take little effort and do not need much space. In fact, it’s best to plant herbs in containers to keep the soil well drained. This way you can bring them inside during the cooler months too. * Basil – Basil has a warm and spicy flavor that pairs perfectly with soups and sauces. The best way to use up basil is to make pesto. Basil can be seeded directly into the garden during late spring and needs lots of sunlight. * Chervil – Chervil is an herb that has a similar flavor to anise seeds. It’s an uncommon herb that won’t traditionally be found in grocery stores, but it adds great flavor to your morning eggs. Plant chervil when there are no signs of frost to...
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Growing an Herb Garden Outdoors

For some cooks, having an outdoor herb garden is the ultimate in luxury. Not only will everything be beautiful, but it’ll taste delicious too. Good cooking relies on good ingredients that inspire you to cook at a whole new level. An outdoor herb garden can make all the difference. What’s more, it’s not hard to do. * Location – The location of your herb garden is very important. You want it to be close to your kitchen, so you can easily go out and get some for dinner. Consider using pots so that you can easily move them inside if needed for inclement weather. If you do that, you can grow herbs right on a trolley in pots and move it around where you want it. * Prepare the Soil – You can simply buy a premixed soil for herbs and edible gardens. You can get that soil from any...
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Eight Reasons You Should Be Growing Your Own Herbs

Herbs are plants that are traditionally used to enhance the flavor of foods as well as offer loads of health benefits. During spring and summer, they are found in most stores and farmers markets. If you are passionate about cooking and have been wanting to start a garden, then growing herbs is a great start. With the right amount of sun, water and organic soil, they are easy to grow. Here are eight reasons you should be growing your own herb garden this year: 1. They’re Fresh – Buying herbs from the store may seem easy, but fresh herbs can quickly go bad. Having your own herb garden means you can have any herb you want on hand and fresh, without the need to substitute for dry ones. 2. Save Money – Herbs at grocery stores or even farmers markets can be quite pricey, especially if you are trying to...
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DIY Containers for Growing Herbs

Growing herbs is not only easy but also fun, because they are versatile and can be planted pretty much anywhere and in anything. As long as they have plenty of sunlight, good soil, and water, they will flourish. Here are a few DIY container ideas to grow your herbs in. * Mason Jars – Mason jars are a cute and decorative way to grow herbs. Simply take a few jars and put a small layer of pebbles at the bottom of each one. This way the water can drain from the soil. Mason jars can fit nicely on a window sill or even be added to a slab of wood with a few metal rings and screws. * Plastic Bottles – Using plastic bottles is a great way to reduce pollution and reuse those old water, soda, and milk bottles. There are plenty of ways you can alter plastic bottles...
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Common Mistakes When Growing Herbs

Starting an herb garden is a great way to add flavor to your foods or decoration to your garden or home. If you are looking to set up a garden and never have before, then an herb garden is a great place to start because it’s fairly simple. Before you get started, though, here are a few common mistakes people make when starting an herb garden that you should avoid. * Starting from Seed – Starting herbs from seeds can come with some unknown complications. There are plenty of starter plants that can be found at gardening stores that will bring better luck and less stress to your herb garden, especially if you are new to herb gardening. * Picking Unhealthy Plants – When looking for starter plants, find ones that are bright in color, have plenty of foliage and no signs of bugs or eggs. * Too Much Variety...
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Caring For and Maintaining Your Herb Garden

Herbs are easy to grow and quite rewarding. As long as they have proper sunlight and water there will be plenty to use for recipes. You might even need to give your neighbor some as well. However, there are a few things that continually need to be done to keep your garden growing. The following are a few basic tips when caring for and maintaining your herb garden. Watering Herb gardens need to be watered regularly. Each herb has different requirements but most enjoy a soil that is moist. If you have started an herb garden from containers, more than likely they will need to be watered daily as they tend to dry out faster. Keep an eye on the weather as that will also play a factor in how much watering needs to be done. Weeding As with any gardens, you need to keep up with the weeds. Weeds...
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