Is there anything better than a handful of fresh basil on top of a warm, crispy, margherita pizza? Maybe a sprinkling of fresh chives over your morning eggs, or a taco topped with newly-plucked cilantro? The one thing better than fresh herbs from the grocery store is having them at your fingertips when you need them. Brightening up your kitchen with an indoor herb garden is easier than you think, and you’ll never need another air freshener again!
Herb Garden 101
So you’re thinking about growing your own personal herb garden – but where do you start? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered from planting, to plating! First things first. Where do you want to plant your garden? The kitchen is ideal, so you can grab what you need and keep right on cooking – and who doesn’t love a little windowsill decoration?
Location, Location, Location
Having your herbs in the kitchen is the most practical, however making sure they have enough sunlight is the most important factor. They’ll need about 6 hours each day to stay healthy. This means, you might have to sacrifice a little convenience, but at least your living room will smell great! The amount of sunlight required will tend to vary from herb to herb, but at least 6 hours in the general rule of [green] thumb.
Picking the Right Pot
Finally, before you even get started, you have to make sure you get the right pots.
Look for relatively large holes in the bottom that will allow the water to flow through. This means you’re going to need to keep your pots on top of a saucer to collect the excess water. Drainage is important because if the water doesn’t get a chance to drain out of the bottom, the roots of the plant could end up sitting in wet soil and start to rot!
Feel free to plant more than one variety of herb in the same pot so long as all grow in a similar fashion, and have the same needs in terms of sunlight and water. If you’re planting several herbs in one pot, keep in mind that they’re going to need room to grow. Give them their space! Beware of invasive plants (like mint!), and make sure that these are planted in their own containers. You don’t want them suffocating your other herbs.