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As the weather continues to warm up this season, you may be noticing more and more people out in their gardens, or at least posting about their gardens in their latest social media update. Spring is the ideal time to plant and cultivate greens, but if you don’t have the space for an outdoor garden, fear not! There is plenty you can do indoors with herbs and spices that will reap amazing benefits and brighten up your meal plan all summer long. This week, we’re providing some tips for how to best cultivate herbs indoors.
To set yourself up for success, you’ll want to choose herbs that aren’t too finicky and are able to thrive indoors. A few basic go-to’s tend to be thyme, mint, rosemary, and oregano. Mint is great for indoors because it’s hearty and is actually better contained in a small pot, so that it doesn’t go rogue and spread all over your lawn or garden. Thyme will also thrive in a small pot, anywhere from four to six inches, and can easily be repotted from a nursery plant. You can clip rosemary at the end of a summer season, and begin to grow it indoors throughout the winter. This can be a fun little project that keeps you connected to nature through the colder months.
In order to thrive inside, your herbs will need a sunny spot in your home. Lots of home chefs prefer to keep their mini in-home garden in the kitchen so that it’s handy when they want to use ingredients to cook with, and that works great as long as your kitchen is bright and sunny. You’ll want to aim for at least 6 hours of sun daily, and if you’re short on direct sunlight, you may want to consider purchasing a grow light. Check out this budget-friendly option from Aceple if you’re in need of some backup.
A quick way to derail your herb garden dream is to let your plants sit in soggy water that causes their roots to rot. Be sure to find easy-draining soil, as well as pots that have built in drainage. Pay attention to your plant when it comes to watering; allow the soil to dry before watering again, and when you do water, make sure you’re continuing to pour until you see the water start to drain out of the holes in the bottom of the pot.
While it’s entirely possible to grow herbs inside, keep in mind that they were meant to live outdoors, and you may lose a plant or two along your journey. Don’t be discouraged, know that this is relatively normal and it’s worth another shot in order to get those fresh summer meals straight from your own garden.
If you’re looking for a home this summer season, we’re happy to help. Contact an Olympus property near you today to learn more.