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Your Indoor Herb Garden

Herb Garden on a WindowsillIndoor herb gardens contain many benefits for Towson renters who not only cook but may just want to beautify their homes with greenery and fragrance. Growing herbs indoors is neither luxurious nor challenging, in any case, it takes some preparation and the right information. It can also be a great way to get started if you haven’t gardened greatly before. If you’ve ever considered starting an indoor herb garden, keep reading to learn more about which herbs work best indoors and how to properly care for your herbs as they grow.

An herb garden is a great way to enjoy fresh produce while adding natural beauty to the interior of your home. But before you do that, you need to know which herbs grow best indoors. Different herb plants have different light and soil needs, so choosing the right herbs is an important first move. Those that do best inside include options like rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, mint, and parsley. Most garden centers carry seedlings of these plants in the spring, making it easy to get your new garden established.

As soon as you know what type of herbs you want to grow, the next step is to prepare your growing containers. Almost any type of container will work as long as it has good drainage and a way to protect the surface underneath. It is okay to start small, but remember that if your plants thrive, you may end up needing to repot your herb plants very soon. Fill each container with a potting mix, not potting soil; potting mix has more organic matter that will help encourage strong growth. A number of gardeners prefer to keep different herb plants separate in their own pots or containers, but there is no need to do so. As long as each plant has enough room to grow and send down roots, they should do well.

Once your containers prepared and your plants are chosen, the next step is to decide where to place your herb garden. Your plants will need between 6 and 8 hours of sunlight every day, so a sunny windowsill or similar space will often work best. If you don’t have a windowsill, there some creative options available, from wall planters to containers that stick directly to the glass. Herbs do not grow well without minimal direct sunlight, but they also can’t stand too much. Finding the perfect “goldilocks” spot that feels JUST RIGHT is the key to healthy plants.

Your herb garden also needs the right amounts of water. When it comes to herbs, the idea is to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Add water in small amounts, and take care not to let the soil dry out completely between watering. Both too little water and too much water is bad for herb plants, so it is a smart idea to save the little tags that come with seedlings and follow the suggested amounts. It can also be helpful to keep track of when and how much you are watering your plants.

Once your herbs are established, you can start harvesting leaves to season your food. Fresh herbs are delicious and healthy, not to mention convenient. But remember not to cut too much of one plant at a time. While regular trims encourage new growth, cutting too much could cause the plant to fail completely. As long as you are careful not to remove more than a quarter of the plant at one time, you can continue to enjoy your fresh herbs throughout the seasons.

The right garden needs the right home to live in. At Real Property Management Metro, our Towson property managers are also experts at helping our tenants find the home that is just right for them. Contact us online or call 410-290-3285 and ask us about our available rentals today.

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