Indoor Herb Garden
Posted by Landscaping Ideas on 31st January 2012
Having your own indoor herb garden is much easier than most people realize. This is a great opportunity to have all the fresh herbs you love to cook with at your finger tips. Growing your own is definitely less expensive than purchasing the many herbs we could with. Choose to grow parsley, thyme, cilantro, basil, dill, oregano, sweet majoram, chives, garlic, mustard, and sage.
If you are new to the idea of having an indoor herb garden, consider purchasing a kit. This will provide you will all the necessary tools to get started. This kit fits conveniently in a window sill. The herbs will start growing in just a few weeks. They can be grown year round. The kit contains seeds of all the above mentioned herbs. Plant only those you wish to grow. All you have to add to the kit is water. Indoor herb garden kits can be purchased at most retail stores or online.
If you are only interested in growing a few types of herbs, consider using small plant pots that fit on your window sill. Grow one type of herb in each pot. Since many herbs can look similar, use the tag that comes with each herb by placing it in the pot. Add a few stones and bark to prevent aeration. Choose a loose soil with plenty of nutrients to fill the pot. Place the herbs about 1 inch deep into the soil. Keep them watered. Herbs require lots of direct sunlight to help them grow.
Once your herbs are ready to harvest, you will need to know how to dry and store them properly. Wash the herbs with the leaves still on the stems. Use cold water to remove soil and dust. Let the herbs dry on paper towels in the sun. After the herbs have completely dried, remove the blossoms. It is important that they are completely dried or the herbs can grow mold.
To enjoy your herbs long after harvesting them, consider freezing them. Wash them in hot boiling water for about one minute, and then pack into freezer bags. Immediately place the storage bags into a freezer. Place them at the back of the freezer where the temperature is the coldest.
Harvesting your own herbs is a great way to save money and insure you have the quality herbs you love to use for cooking your favorite foods. The process is very simple and fun. You can freeze the herbs to give them a long life. It is convenient to be able to grow the herbs you use all year long. There are great books on indoor herb gardens to answer any questions you have about the process.