Part 2: Growing Herbs in Containers - 10 Easy Tips
Herb garden kit makes it easier for you to enjoy fresh herbs and vegetables all year round. Grown in your own indoor garden, you can easily get fresh mint, basil, or cilantro right from your balcony or windowsill.
But, what is the secret to growing herbs? How can you make your herbs grow better?
We have already discussed from our previous blog the factors or things to consider when choosing the right pot or container for growing herbs. And today, we are giving you more tips on using herb garden starter kits indoors so you can have a good harvest.
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How to get the most out of your herb garden?
In our previous blog, we gave you some ideas on how to grow herbs. We discussed the best places, right timing, types of soil and different kinds of herbs that you can grow in your garden. And today, we have 10 specific pieces of advice for both beginners and seasoned gardeners to help them get the most of herb gardening.
Use complementing plants for companion planting: Planting multiple plants in one pot is a great strategy for maximizing every square inch of space. But not all plants like to grow together so choose plants that complement each other for companion planting. Herbs with similar growing requirements, such as the same sun, water, and soil preferences, make the best companion plant.
Get the growing conditions right: This seems like a no-brainer but it has to be said again and again if you’re growing herbs in pots simply because the growing environment is different from traditional in-ground growing. Before growing herbs in a pot, be sure that the spot you will use provides the ideal growing conditions. The sun that the space receives, the temperature, the shade, the humidity, etc., all are factors that will affect the health of the herbs. Again, it’s best to group herbs with similar growing needs to simplify the maintenance. If your indoor space does not get a lot of sun, use supplemental lights.
Don’t treat herbs like houseplants: Most herbs are easy to grow and some are known to thrive in dry environments or poor soil but never treat herbs like houseplants. It’s easy to make the mistake of treating herbs like houseplants when they’re grown indoors. Generally, herbs hate standing water and wet soils. Water only the herbs when needed.
Constant pruning: Herbs tend to grow quickly and they will require regular pruning to promote new growths and keep their size in check. Sharp utility scissors or pruning shears are the perfect tool for herb pruning! Prune new growth from rosemary, sage, tarragon, and other perennial herbs every week during the summer season. Herbs that are known as vigorous growers like mint need frequent pruning. Pinch off the top 2 inches of new shoots to promote fuller foliage and stronger root growth.
Small pots, less soil: Because growing pots contain less soil, there is a smaller margin of error with too much or too little water. And if you use well-draining soil, water tends to drip down more quickly so there’s a chance that the roots will dry out in between watering. You have to check the soil for moisture before watering the herbs. If it is dry to the touch then water the soil. If the top of the soil is dry but the deeper layer is moist, water the next day.
Sunlight: One of the most important factors that you need to consider before growing your own herbs is the place where you’ll set up the garden. If you are using an herb growing kit indoor, choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight every day. Most herbs need the full sun! But in places where the temperatures soar, opt for spaces that get some shade during the hottest part of the day.
Adding Fertilizers: Should you add fertilizers to your herbs? If you’ve used our indoor herb garden starter kit, you don’t have to use fertilizers because the soil that comes with the kit provides all the nutrients that the herbs need to grow healthy. But if you opted for starter plants, you might have to amend the soil with fertilizer. Herbs tend to die when overfed so use fertilizers sparingly. Using excessive fertilizers could also change the flavor of the herb.
Harvesting Timing: Consistent harvesting is key to a better yield. But the timing of the harvesting should be in line with the herbs’ growth so you don’t end up cutting more than necessary during the growing season. For instance, basil leaves have to be harvested regularly but the basil plant itself shouldn’t be cut back all the way or you might end up killing it.
Seed to Flower: Some herbs tend to lose or change flavor when left to flower. Oregano and basil become bitter if allowed to flower. It’s critical to remember that once the plants produce flowers and go to seed, their seasonal growth cycle has been completed and they will no longer develop new growth!
Buy Your ECOgardener Herb Garden Kit Today!
Buying our ECOgardener herb kit is better than getting starter plants. You can grow different herbs in one amazing kit!
Our herb garden kit has all the items you need to start building a small garden indoors or outdoors. Don’t worry about growing herbs from seed. Our premium quality seeds germinate quickly. The herb kit comes with a step-by-step online guide so you can grow your own herbs even if you are a beginner. Shop now!