How to Grow an Herb Garden Indoors

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There’s nothing nicer than being able to pluck fresh herbs from your own little garden – especially when that garden is right in your home!

Step 1: Choose your herbs
Decide which herbs you’d like to plant. Basil, cilantro, chives, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme all grow well indoors.

Step 2: Get containers
For each herb, get a container that measures, from end to end, one-third to one-half the expected height of the grown plant. Buy ones especially made for herbs from a gardening center, or use a clean milk carton or yogurt cup; just make sure you punch a hole in the bottom for drainage.

Tip
Basil needs a large pot because of its extensive roots.

Step 3: Cover the bottom and add soil
Place pottery shards or gravel in the bottom of each container for drainage, and then put each container on a saucer. Fill the containers with planter soil, or use potting soil mixed with perlite.

Step 4: Plant your seeds
Plant the seeds according to the package’s instructions. Most should be sown close to the surface.

Step 5: Find a sunny spot
Find a spot where the plants will get a lot of sunshine. A south- or west-facing window works best.

Tip
If you don’t have a sunny window, put your herb garden under fluorescent light for 12 hours a day.

Step 6: Water carefully
Water once a week, or whenever the soil an inch down feels dry. Add enough water so that a little runs out of the hole at the bottom of the pot. Pour out any that collects in the saucer.

Step 7: Consider using starter plants
Consider growing some or all of your herbs from starter plants, which you can get from gardening centers. Some herbs, like mint, sage, thyme, and savory, take a long time to develop from seeds.

Step 8: Savor your herbs
Savor the luxury of snipping off some fresh herbs whenever you want to spice up a dish.

Did You Know?
In ancient Greece, students wore garlands of rosemary while studying for exams to help their memory. Today, it is being studied as a possible Alzheimer’s treatment.

Seeing Double at Great Dixter!
Explore December 23rd #224 – The gardens at Great Dixter were created in 1910 by English architect Edwin Lutyens, in the manner of cottage gardens on a grander scale. The gardens are set in the grounds of the manor house, first built in 1220 and added to in 1464. The house boasts an impressive timber-framed hall, one of the largest surviving in the UK. The Great Hall’s roof with its oak frame and crown post, is of particular note. It is decorated with carved shields and contains a fireplace, one of Lutyens additions. The gardens and home are owned by well known gardening author and lecturer Christopher Lloyd.

Text © Barbara Ballard 2001

For full information on the garden visit www.destinations-uk.com, www.destinations-uk.com/gardens.php?link=gardens&coun… Dixter Gardens, Sussex and www.greatdixter.co.uk/

Since Christopher Lloyd’s death your support will ensure the preservation of his historic house. The Great Dixter Charitable Trust is committed to maintaining the site as an innovative centre for horticulture and plantsmanship. In May 2009 the Trust was successful in raising funding to acquire the 60% share in the estate outside their ownership. With a further generous donation they were also able to buy Nathaniel Lloyd’s Dixter farm buildings.

For more information on how you can help, please visit www.greatdixter.co.uk/friends.htm

By antonychammond on 2009-09-17 02:48:04
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