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What can add a natural zest to your home better than an herb garden? Actually, the benefits of houseplants stretch beyond aesthetics and herbs will provide fresh odors to boot.
With spice-filled window planters, you can pick your herbs right in your kitchen, and toss them directly into your favorite recipes. Plus, think of all the money you’ll save on squirrel repellent! In order to reap the many gifts of an indoor spice garden, let’s get planting.
Seeds vs. Plants
First, decide if you want to begin with seeds or plants. Seeds are cheaper but they have a greater chance of dying early on. Seeds will also take longer to produce, so if you want your herbs to be available soon, opt for the plants. Check seed packages to confirm that they’re fresh before buying.
Choose Your Herbs
How do you want to use your herbs? As additions to recipes? Medicinal purposes? Here are some options:
Prep the Pot
You can purchase pots at the store, or make them out of empty food containers. Regardless of your choice between seeds vs. plants, you’re going to want the bottom of your pot to have drainage holes. Line the bottom ¼ of your pot with pebbles in order to assist drainage.
If you bought seeds, fill the remainder of the pot with soil. Using soil from your yard will work, but purchasing nutrient-rich soil may yield healthier plants. These types of soil feed the plants, increasing their chances of flourishing.
Only fill ¾ of the pot with soil if you bought plants.
Place the pots on cloth or in plastic – something to catch the drained water.
Read the seeds’ packets to know what’s best for them. This should provide instructions regarding 1) how deep they should be planted and 2) how many seeds can thrive in a certain amount of space. Usually, seeds should be planted about ¼ of an inch below the soil.
Insert plants into your pot’s soil with about 7 inches between different plants’ stems. Arrange them with taller plants in the center. Fill gaps with soil.
Cover your pots with plastic wrap to ensure the pots are warm and humid. Spray your pots with water so that the soil never dries out. When your seeds grow to 5-6 inch plants, consider transferring them to bigger pots. If you started with plants, top them occasionally to encourage them to continue thriving.
Now you can sit back and enjoy the natural look and smells of your beautiful indoor spice garden.
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