With the popularity of container gardening growing herbs in pots has become increasingly popular. There are several reasons for this trend. For one, herb plants grow much faster in containers than they do in the ground. Also, herb gardens are known to require less maintenance, which is appealing to many people. Another reason for the popularity of container gardening is that most herbs prefer a warmer climate, and herbs grown in pots can thrive in any part of the country.
Container gardening provides a number of options for those who wish to grow herbs indoors. For example, a beautiful herb window box can easily fall apart if it is not securely planted and the soil it is planted on tends to drain poorly and becomes moldy if it stays there for a long time. Ideally, your potting mixture should be light, well-draining, and be able to hold onto moisture better even when their roots are unable to penetrate the soil deeper. This combination allows herbs to get the nutrients they need even when their roots are unable to get to the dirt.
Herbs that prefer a warmer climate will enjoy planting in raised garden boxes. These pots are great for container gardening, but make sure that you prepare the soil properly prior to planting. The soil should drain very well and it should receive plenty of watering. Remember to add fertilizer after you transplant your herbs because they are not always the best transplant to start out with. Raised garden boxes allow you to place them where you want them in your house and can help with your indoor herb garden’s pest control.
Herbs that prefer a cool climate will enjoy planting in potting mixes designed specifically for those areas. These mixes are made to keep herbs fresh and growing well in your container garden. Be sure to check the package for information on the best way to prepare the container for planting. Potted herbs can be moved throughout your home as needed, so it is important that you take care of them properly once they are transplanted.
If you have an herb garden and are wondering where you put all of your herbs after you have moved them outdoors, there are some simple solutions to this problem. One option is to store your potting mixes and seeds in a refrigerator or freezer. Another option is to divide your container garden in half and set half of your herbs in one window box and the other half in another window box. These two spaces should receive similar watering. Another idea for keeping your herb garden fresh is to use a small airtight container. These boxes are designed to keep containers close to the ground and prevent moisture from evaporating.
Once your herbs have been transplanted to your container garden, you will want to water them on a regular basis. You should plan to water your herbs approximately every 2 weeks during the growing season, and then reduce watering at the end of that season. Be careful not to over water your herbs, as this can cause wilting or seed loss. If you are going to harvest your herbs before the start of the fall planting season, be sure to pick up any wilted herbs or seeds as soon as you collect them.
It is not necessary to fertilize your herb plants unless you are using a soil based potting soil mix. Fertilizing your herbs before you plant them is not necessary, but many find it necessary to add a little fertilizer when they get to about three to four inches tall. Just follow the instructions for your particular herb and use a small amount. Most herbs do not like fertilizer. Be sure to read your herb plant’s package for recommended fertilization amounts.
Providing you follow these steps, you can grow your herbs from seed and transplant them into an herb container. Be sure to check with your local library for more information on indoor gardening and how to care for your new herb container plants. You might also want to visit a gardening website for additional tips and advice on herb gardening.