Do you love having fresh herbs for your recipes? Would you like to have herbs at your finger tips year round?
Today I’m sharing How to Start an Indoor Herb Garden in your kitchen right now. Also, learn how to use some creative kitchen tools to make your garden interesting.
I recently found some great vintage enamelware in green. There are several pieces and therefore, work great to create an interesting display for the indoor herb garden.
Items needed for Indoor Herb Garden
- Vessels to hold herbs and potting soil
- Indoor Potting Mix – Miracle-Gro
- Herb Plant – Bonnie
- Plant Food – Miracle-Gro
- Location to house your indoor garden with plenty of light
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Indoor garden vessels
First, determine what you want to use to display your indoor garden. The green enamelware pieces were my inspiration to start the garden, however there are so many fun items that could have been used.
Here are some examples – mixing bowls of varying sizes, canning jar, recycled tin cans, cereal bowls, old watering cans, decorative plant containers, just to name a few.
If your counter space is limited, you can look for other locations. In addition, you can make a hanging garden by attaching a planter to the wall or use a ladder or step stool placed in a well lit area to house your plant.
Herbs & Potting Mix for starting Indoor Herb Garden
Next, you should purchase the herbs you wish to plant and the indoor potting mix.
When choosing herbs, your best choice will be those that you use frequently in your recipes. The good news is, most all herbs will work well in an indoor container
Miracle-Gro has a wonderful potting mix that is specially formulated for indoor plants and therefore you will see great success with your indoor plants. It is a trusted brand for both indoor and outdoor planting that I have used for years.
Determine Location to start your Garden
You should place your containers in area that will not interfere with your normal routine. It is also important to place them in an area that gets some good sunlight and that will not take up to much counter space.
Plant your Garden
You don’t need any special tools to start your garden, making this a very cost effective project. You can fill your containers right in your kitchen sink using a simple spoon.
While preparing the soil, place each herb plant into a container filled with water to give them a good drink before transplanting.
Once the plants are removed from the plastic container, you should check for root lock. If it has occurred, you should gently loosen the soil and gently break the roots to allow for further growth.
Next, place each plant in the containers and fill with potting soil. Then press the soil gently around the herbs until the entire plant root is covered.
Water your new Garden
Be sure to give the new garden a good soaking of water with a little Miracle-Gro plant food and then place in the area you have designated for the garden.
You want to water at least weekly or when soil is dry to the touch. The frequency of watering will vary depending on the amount of sun and location of your garden.
Also, be sure to protect your countertops from possible water damage. Here, I placed a plate and a cake stand under the two containers I was concerned about.
Having fresh herbs is a real money saver because they are expensive in the grocery store. In addition, they are easy to save by drying or freezing. You can see some herb drying tips here and this delicious recipe is one you’ll want to save for when you have a good supply of basil.
Now you can have herbs at your finger tips all year round. You can begin using your herbs right away because the more you trim them, the more they produce.