Grow your own herbs at home with these tips
House plants can be categorized in various ways, but when it comes to which plants are the easiest to grow indoors, the level of light plays a major role.
House plants prefer to be outdoors with nature taking care of their basic needs, like light and water. Bringing plants indoors lends a natural green to indoor living spaces. Often plants just cannot make the transition and well-meaning indoor gardeners don’t have the right conditions for them to survive. The how-to’s for growing happy, healthy plants indoors requires knowing which plants are capable of surviving in low light conditions. Low-light types of house plants give the indoor gardener a better chance to succeed in growing beautiful plants.
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Most of us have particular plants in mind when we think about the normal houseplants. Let’s consider other plants that can be grown indoors, especially organic herbs that you can use to flavor your food. There really is nothing that perks up a recipe more than the use of freshly picked herbs from your own garden. Too many of us begin using dried herbs after the frost has killed off the fresh ones in the garden, but there is no need to. Most herbs are easy to grow indoors on a sunny window sill. For sure, south facing is best but you can put them in almost any window and find that they are able to adjust to most situations.
Some herbs will definately grow better in the house than others. Are you planning to start your indoor garden from seed? Lavender, cilantro, sage, oregano, parsley, chives, tarragon, basil and mint are really smart choices. Since space will likely be a limiting factor you need to be sure to consider what you will be doing with the herbs you want to grow.
Think of the herbs you will use most. That should apply whether they will be grown indoors or outdoors in your organic garden. Grow things that you would use all the time in most of the dishes you like to prepare. Don’t grow them for the sake of growing them, although that is fun too. All those new things you want to try.
Suppose you love basil, there are so many types that you can try; purple leaf, Genovese, lemon basil, sweet basil, spicy globe basil, ruffle leaf basil, purple ruffle leaf basil, giant leaf basil and lots more. Have you run out of windows yet?
Here are some herbs you may want to grow. Basil, Cilantro, Lavender, Oregano, Sage, Tarragon, Chives and Parsley. There are numerous others but these can get you started. These can be seeded either indoors or out. Plant outdoors and beat old man winter by bringing the ones you like best inside for the winter.
There are 2 major advantages to growing your own herbs. First the herbs are fresh and usually impart a much gentler flavor to your dishes, dried herbs usually get a much stronger flavor. The second and most important, there isn’t any unknown chemicals on your herbs. The fresh or dried herbs that can be purchased have also been grown in growing conditions which we cannot verify. Organic gardening is a must if we are to reduce the chemical pesticides we are exposed to. Our answer lies with growing food plants organically outdoors or indoors.
The Windowsill Garden is the ultimate choice in unique gift ideas. Plant with Fragrant Herbs, Lavender, Thyme and Oregano and with the so called kitchen herbs Sweet Basil, Chives and Parsley.
Have you considered growing your vegetables organically to get safe food for your family? If you are looking for recipes for plant-care items you can make at home come on over to www.funhobbiesmadeeasy.com/gardening and see what we have to offer.
by: Carm Paynter
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