Time to get your hands dirty and start planting! Having the right soil is vital to your herb garden’s success.
Do I Have the Right Soil?
Different growing environments call for different soils for the plants to flourish in. Don’t just grab a handful of dirt from outside because you’re going to be bringing in all the organisms and pests that come with it. Choose an indoor potting mix that includes some lightweight ingredients such as perlite that can help aerate the soil and improve drainage.
Seeds or Seedlings?
With all the basics covered, it’s time to plant! You might be considering starting from scratch and planting seeds, but this is really hard and there’s a ton of room for little mistakes. It’s best to let a professional take care of that, and instead buy seedlings that are already sprouted. There are so many factors that can prevent seeds from sprouting, or dying quickly once they’ve germinated – but starting from seedlings eliminates the toughest challenge.
Give them some space!
If you’re planting your herbs in individual pots, use ones that are at least 6 inches in diameter to give them enough room to grow. If you’re going to be planting them in one large pot or flower box though, leave at least 6 inches of space on all sides to be sure that the roots don’t start invading each other, and to give them each a little breathing room.
Label Your Herbs
When you’ve just planted your seedlings they may look similar, but have different needs in terms of watering, sunlight and care. It’s important to keep everything properly labelled, even if they’re in separate pots. It also makes it easy to identify what you’re looking for when you’re cooking.