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Bring Nature Indoors With an Herb Garden

Whether you're a gardening pro or a novice, everyone can benefit from an indoor herb garden! Today we are going to talk a bit about indoor herb gardening. On this journey we are going to delight your senses and bring the vibrancy of nature indoors.

herb seedlings in a pot

Why Grow Your Herbs?

You can't argue that nothing is fresher than something you grow yourself. Most herbs you find in your grocery store are not as fresh as you think. They have traveled by truck to get on your store shelves, and you don't know how long that has taken. Another thing out of your control is the use of any pesticides the growers used on those plants. When you have homegrown herbs you know exactly what is or isn't on those plants, which is one thing less to worry about in life! The last thing is cost. Even for the small pack of herbs you buy at the store, they can cost at least a dollar or more and will lose their freshness quickly if you don't use them right away. Growing your own is a huge savings!

How to Start Your Indoor Herb Garden

Are you ready to get a bit of dirt under your nails? Creating your indoor herb garden is easier than you may think, and you don't need a lot of supplies. Here's a list of supplies to get you started.

  1. Choose Your Seeds. First, you need to decide what herbs you want to grow. The possibilities are almost limitless. Even something basic like mint has many different varieties you can grow.

  2. Potting Soil and Jiffy Pods. You can get these at your local garden supply center.

  3. Container. This will be used to hold your Jiffy Pods. A square plastic container works great.

  4. Small Pots. Once your herbs turn into seedlings, they can be transferred into pots.

The first thing you want to do is open your seeds and use something like a muffin tin to separate the packets. The seeds tend to be small so this makes it easier to keep them contained.

Place your Jiffy Pods into your plastic container and add hot water. Your pods will puff out in a minute or two.

Add your seeds and cover with a bit of potting soil. The last step in this process is to place them in a south-facing window if possible and water them every 2 days or so. Make sure they don't dry out.

In about a week or two you should start to see them come to life. Once they germinate and you see the roots through the pods they are ready to be planted in a pot of your choice. You can put them in the pot in the pod. Fill your pots about 3/4 full of soil, add the seedlings, and fill the remaining space with soil. Give it a good watering and place them in preferably a south-facing window. Don't worry if they look a bit sad when planted. That is normal.

germinated seedlings

As they are growing, be sure to check to see if they need water every 2 days. Your soil should be moist but not soggy. You will also want to turn them when you water so they don't start leaning in one direction. This will help them turn into nice strong plants.

Growing your herbs indoors is a rewarding experience! You took a little seed and nurtured it into a nice strong healthy plant that you can use again and again when you are cooking, making tea, or even some homemade beauty products depending on what you grow. They also are great for your decor. They look great, smell great, and add that feeling of nature right in your home.

I have another blog coming in a few weeks about some of the different herbs you can grow that are unexpected. Make sure you click the button below to join our email list because I would hate for you to miss out.

Tell us about what herbs you grow indoors, or what you would like to start growing!

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