Indoor herb gardening

March is a time for gardening—outdoors or indoors. Planting an herb garden in the house allows you to enjoy herbs year round. Follow these tips to transform a windowsill into a practical yet vibrant herb garden and protect the plants from the impending Texas summer. Planting Instructions:

  1. Pick a spot with direct sunlight. Choose an ideal area by turning off the lights and checking for patches of sunlight throughout the day. Plant the pots where they’ll get four to six hours of direct sunlight.
  2. Sow seedlings. To plant, place three quarters of an inch of gravel in the bottom of each pot, and fill the rest with nursery-purchased soil. Dig a hole big enough for your seedling. Place the plant in the hole and gently press the soil around the plant.
  3. Label. If you planted multiple herbs, consider labeling the pots. You can apply chalk paint directly on a ceramic pot or stick a wooden paint stirrer with the plant’s name on it in the dirt.

Common herbs guidelines:

  • Basil—A great herb for beginners, basil visibly wilts when it’s thirsty and can bounce back given proper attention.
  • Cilantro—Cilantro doesn’t transplant well, so spread the seedlings out in a pot they can grow into.
  • Bay—This plant needs room to grow, so give it plenty of space.
  • Oregano—A native of the Mediterranean, oregano thrives in hot, dry locations. Give this herb plenty of sunlight.
  • Rosemary—This perennial herb grows well with minimal effort. It pairs well with fish and poultry, soups, and acts as a natural air freshener.

Growing Tips: A green thumb’s rule of thumb is to water only when the dirt is dry. Over- and under-watering are both detrimental to plants. Rotate your plants ninety degrees once a week. This helps them grow evenly. Nourish the plants about once a month with a fertilizer that dissolves in water, like packaged granular plant food or fish emulsion.

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