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Green Thumb Indoors: 7 Simple Steps to Start Your Indoor Herb Garden

Having an indoor herb garden can be a delightful addition to your home. Not only does it bring a touch of nature inside, but it also provides fresh, aromatic herbs right at your fingertips. Here are seven simple steps to start your indoor herb garden.

1. Choose Your Herbs

Start by deciding which herbs you want to grow. Consider your cooking habits. Basil, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, and parsley are all popular choices and relatively easy to grow indoors.

2. Find the Right Spot

Most herbs need about six hours of sunlight per day. A south-facing window is often a good spot. If you don’t have a spot with enough natural light, you can also use a grow light.

3. Choose Your Containers

Ensure the containers you choose have adequate drainage to prevent waterlogged roots. You can use commercial planters or get creative with mason jars, tea tins, or other upcycled containers.

4. Invest in Quality Soil

Choose a high-quality potting mix that drains well. This is essential for the health of your herbs. Regular garden soil is too heavy and can lead to poor growth and root diseases.

5. Plant Your Herbs

Follow the instructions on your seed packets or, if you’re using seedlings, plant them at the same depth they were growing in their previous pot.

6. Water Wisely

Herbs generally prefer soil that’s slightly dry to the touch, so be careful not to overwater. The frequency of watering will depend on the type of herb and the size of your pot, but a good rule of thumb is to water when the top inch of soil feels dry.

7. Regularly Prune and Harvest

Regular harvesting keeps herbs bushy and productive. Most herbs benefit from a “haircut” — just be sure not to remove more than one-third of the plant at a time.

Starting your indoor herb garden is a simple and rewarding project. These easy steps will set you on the right path to fresh, homegrown herbs year-round. Plus, tending to your little indoor garden can also be a relaxing and rewarding hobby. So go ahead and give it a try, happy gardening!

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