Herbal Gardening For Beginners – 3 Easy Steps To A Great Indoor Garden

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Most herbs usually grow quite tall and you need to space them to allow them to grow to their full potential. Some herbs do better in windowsill containers where they can get morning sunlight or partial shade to help them grow. Herbs also do well if you pot them in a sunny window, but be sure to move them to a shady spot during the hot summer months.

Used As Additives In Cooking

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Some of the herbs usually planted will be used as additives in cooking, while others are used to flavor wine, so this may not be an area you want to start. It’s okay to try, though, to see what each herb does. You can find herbs at the grocery store in the dried form, in a bag, or even as a plant that you can grow from seed. Herbs usually come with easy to follow instructions on how to plant and care for them.

If you’re growing seeds, make sure to get them from a reliable source. Herbs can have different flavors when they are in season or when they’re taken from the plant. For example, Rosemary is best when it’s young, because it has a rich, complex flavor. When the plant gets older, the flavor gets bitter. Make sure to get your seeds from a local nursery or garden center.

Go On Natural Route When It Comes To Herbal Gardening

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Many people choose to go a natural route when it comes to herbal gardening. This means herbs aren’t completely controlled by modern technology. For instance, herbs usually don’t like being sprayed with pesticides. In fact, some herbs can actually deter pest growth. This doesn’t mean you can spray your garden with any old insecticide, though, so be sure to check the label for that information.

Another nice thing about herbs is that you can grow them organically – which means you won’t have to use any chemical products on them. You’ll be able to enjoy all the health benefits without worrying about harming the environment. Organic gardeners often include all organic produce (such as fruits and vegetables) in their recipes.

Some Herbs Are Easier To Grow Than Others

Rosemary, for example, grows well as a small tree, but is an invasive species in most gardens. Lavender can also be an issue, if you’re not careful. Lavender is actually very difficult to keep alive, even as a small plant! Consider some other herbs that are easier to grow before trying something more difficult.

Growing herbs can be a fun and rewarding hobby. Even if you don’t choose to sell your herbs, you’ll enjoy growing them. If you grow your own herbs, you can use your excess to help yourself with your diet. You can also sell your herbal gardening supplies if you ever feel the need to supplement your usual diet with something stronger than your regular store-bought varieties.

Bottom Line

Once your herbs have sprouted, it’s up to you to harvest them. You can either hang the herbs in baskets on racks at your herb garden center or cut them into leaves and stems and tie them up in bundles. You can also hang them upside down from hooks at your home or place them on the counter or table top. You can find lots of great recipes for homemade bread using your homegrown herbs!

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