Now that your herb garden is coming along nicely, it’s time to set up a watering schedule. Basil is one of the easiest herbs to start out with, because it starts looking sad and wilted when it’s not getting enough water, but springs right back to life after a good shower.
Finding the Right Balance
Watering herbs is a little different than watering houseplants because they’re more delicate and therefore require a bit more care. This means that instead of giving them a huge dose of water once a week, it’s much better if you give them smaller amounts every few days – or even every day during the hot summer months.
Herbs would rather live in soil that’s relatively dry, rather than being overwatered, but if you’re able to stick your finger about an inch into the soil and it’s still dry, then it’s definitely time to give the plants something to drink.
In colder temperatures, plants take a little longer to absorb water – another reason why drainage is so important. If there’s no place for the water to go and the roots aren’t able to take it in fast enough, the soil stays wet and the roots will begin to rot. So adjust your watering schedule with the weather.
Too much of a good thing?
One major assumption people make is that when leaves are yellow, the plant needs water. This is not necessarily the case though, because when the soil is too wet and its roots begin to rot, they become less capable of taking water in. This causes the plants to start wilting, so always make sure to always check if the soil is very wet or very dry before you start adding water to try to turn those leaves green again.