Grow your own herbs

When everything you can see outdoors is covered in the white stuff, it’s so cheery to have living, green plants indoors. My plants of choice are usually herbs, because I can cook with them and they’re pretty easy to grow. The latter, especially, is a necessity in my book!

This one is a celery plant. Like the stuff you buy in the store. I haven’t eaten off it yet, but I intend to. It would be perfect to chop some stalks into a yummy soup or to use as a salad topper.

I also have a small window box of herbs. My sage is sickly, poor guy. I think he got a bit too much water. The other two (basil and oregano) are doing famously, though!

I am by no means a pro at this gardening thing (check out my poor sage), but I have learned a thing or two.

  • you don’t have to have a bunch of space in order to grow plants (especially herbs) indoors. We keep all of our plants on a window seat, but with the right shaped containers, all you need is a small shelf or windowsill that will get some sunlight.
  • don’t over-water. Herbs, especially, don’t like to be watered too much (once again, check out my poor sage). In the past, I’ve gotten too eager with my watering and have drowned plants. A good gauge for most plants is to only water when the top layer of soil feels dry. If it’s still damp, your plant isn’t thirsty
  • when appropriate, prune your plants to encourage growth. With herbs, this means use them! The more you do, the happier they will be. Just don’t go crazy…never trim more than 1/3 of the herb’s foliage at one time.
  • Make sure that your herb babies get some sun. South-facing windows will often get more hours of sunlight than windows facing other directions.

I wanna know: Do you grow herbs and/or plants indoors? Do you have anything to add to my list of tips? I’m new at this and would love some help!

I’ll keep you posted on my sage baby. I’m hoping that he’ll make a comeback.

9 thoughts on “Grow your own herbs

  1. I love the fact that you grow your own herbs inside. We had herbs outside this summer that we used many many times cooking. Thank you for making me think. Grow some herbs inside and have fresh ingredients all year around. Only one problem 10 months old twins. I will have to find a place out of reach
    Ashlee

  2. I love the fact that you grow your own herbs inside. We had herbs outside this summer that we used many many times cooking. Thank you for making me think. Grow some herbs inside and have fresh ingredients all year around. Only one problem 10 months old twins. I will have to find a place out of reach
    Ashlee

  3. Ugh. I can never grow mine indoors. They always die due to lack of sunlight or excessive heat 😦 I would love to have fresh herbs though… the rosemary bush in my backyard is about as close to variety as I’m going to get!

  4. Ugh. I can never grow mine indoors. They always die due to lack of sunlight or excessive heat 😦 I would love to have fresh herbs though… the rosemary bush in my backyard is about as close to variety as I’m going to get!

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