Herbs are the plants that test our senses because we can smell them, touch them, taste them. With their help, your dishes can take on a whole new level of aromas and tastes. Whether you live at home or in a block of flats, you can easily plant indoor herbs in the space available. Thanks to them, your kitchen will whet your appetite for colourful dishes with various flavours. Your salads can be even fresher with basil added to them, and bruschetta with oregano, thyme or rosemary sprinkled on top is the ideal starter for your meals. Baked delicacies infuse the flavours of sage or parsley, and mint lemonades become your favourite refreshment.
To enjoy spicing up dishes prepared directly with potted plants, we suggest 5 things to consider when growing indoor herbs.
Type of Pots
Herbs need space. Choose pots with drainage, those with a small hole at the base. These plants need air, so one thing you can do to ensure air circulation and drainage is to place some pebbles between the base and the pot. This eliminates the risk of the plant sitting in water and helps air get to the roots to keep them aerated, not flooded. Bear in mind that air doesn’t circulate in plastic pots, so watering plants can occur at longer intervals. In terracotta pots, however, plants breathe, and you should constantly make sure the soil in the pot is sufficiently moist.
The size of the pot can determine how quickly the plants in it dry out. Specifically, the smaller the pot, the greater the risk of its leaves drying out. In addition, giving them enough space and good soil can help them grow naturally without meticulous care.
Plants need light, preferably direct sunlight. A space that gets light 6-8 hours a day is recommended. Don’t worry if your home is in a place with less sun. Nowadays, you can easily find artificial light devices to generate the amount of light your plants need. If you keep your pot in a window, we recommend rotating it once a week so that the sun reaches all parts of the plant.
Choose the right soil for the herbs you want to grow. An organic soil can be a quality one that contains the nutrients needed for plants to grow healthily. Using the right fertilisers also influences the soil quality in which the plants live.
There is no standard amount of water or universal frequency for watering plants. They depend on the area you live in, the season, the soil, the potting material. The simplest method is to test the moisture in the plant’s soil by inserting a finger into the pot. This is how you check the soil’s moisture level and find out if the plant needs water or not.
It is also advisable to take into account the plant’s preferences. For example, rosemary prefers to be watered only after it is completely dry. The best way is to learn what each plant you grow likes, and this comes with time and patience.
Herbs like medium temperatures. One thing to keep in mind when it comes to temperature is the weather outside. If it’s cold outside, keep in mind that it’s cooler near the window than the rest of the room and make sure the leaves of the plants, at least the basil’s, don’t touch the glass. The same goes for the summer months when it is very hot outside. Place plants further away from the window. By following these recommendations, you can greatly enrich your indoor spice harvest. We wish you good luck with your planting and enjoy herbs full of fragrance and flavour!
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