herbs

Nothing tastes better than a meal, sprinkled with home-made herbs. Knowing exactly how herbs are grown and being a part of the whole process, allows you to carefully inspect the different stages of growing and thus provide yourself with delicious bio products. Home-grown herbs are a great way to spice up your cooking and the good news is that it’s not even as complicated to do as it might seem. There are a few factors to take into account when growing herbs at home. Here are our tips on how to easily grow delicious herbs indoors.

 

Provide Proper Light

The first thing you should consider when growing herbs at home is providing your plants with adequate light. They need at least eighteen hours of light, eight of which – direct sunlight. However, the direct light can be also replaced by very bright artificial light. When it comes to light, different types of herbs have different needs, therefore you have to make sure in advance that you are informed exactly what amount of light the plant you are going to grow needs. For example, basil needs eight hours of sunlight a day and not less. Place your plants on a sunny window. One that is south-situated would be perfect. In case the light is not enough, you can give it a little boost by placing two fluorescent lights near or above your herbs. This will surely show good results. Another thing you can do to replace insufficient sunlight is to place a metal halide light. It covers a larger area and allows you to grow a bigger amount of herbs, which respond pretty well to the light. The lack of enough light can result in stressed and poor-flavoured herbs.

 

Choose Soil

Another important step that you should take into account is choosing carefully the right type of soil for your herbs. Again, different kinds of herbs have different needs and grow in different types of soil. Some plants, such as basil, grow better in poor soil. The herb tastes better if it’s not fertilised much. The reason for this is the fact that the more quickly it grows, the less essential elements it consists. A traditional potting soil that you can find on the market will do the job but in case you want something more fancy, you can make your own mix. Blend one part of sand, potting soil and compost each.

Temperature

Right temperature is another essential factor in the process of growing herbs at home. Most herbs need about 20 degrees Celsius at daytime. At night the temperature has to drop at about 10 degrees. Except for basil, other herbs respond well to 5 degrees at night.

 

Watering

Watering your plants regularly and knowing exactly how often to do it, is very important. Most herbs have to be watered well but not too much, therefore an adequate drainage is essential. You should water herbs when the top layer in the pot feels dry. Another way is to learn how to estimate by the weight of the pot itself. To provide better drainage, you can add some sand to the potting mix. Also, start fertilising your herbs once every two weeks after the tenth day.

 

Additional Boost

To boost the growing process and keep your plants healthy, add liquid seaweed and B1 plant mix when watering.

 

 

 

Author Bio: Connie loves to write for cleaning and home improvement. She has many years of experience in her company which offers domestic and office deep cleaning.

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