Choosing the right herbs for an indoor kitchen garden can be fun. There are so many great choices to choose from! There are so many variables to keep in mind. Here is some basic information that will help you make the best choice possible. First, you will want to consider your space, where you are planting, and your budget. After you consider all three of these factors, you can start planning your indoor kitchen garden.
A sunny window socket is the first key item that you will need to make sure that your indoor kitchen garden thrives and grows indoors properly. Some herbs do much better if they are growing inside compared to outdoor. Others prefer the shade versus the sun, so it is really just about finding what works best for you. Most herbs prefer a south facing windowsill, but not all. Just remember that you can always move your plants to an opposite window if you need to.
Next, you will need to consider your containers for growing herbs in your indoor kitchen garden. There are several different options here as well. You can choose pots, hanging baskets, and even window boxes. There are several things that you will want to keep in mind when choosing containers. The size of your containers will be very important to consider.
Rosemary is an herb that can add some wonderful fresh flavor to any salad or other cooked dishes. There are several different ways to use Rosemary in your indoor kitchen garden. One great way to cook with Rosemary is to place a small group of chives on top of a plate or into a dish of pasta. This will provide you with a flavorful, fresh taste that your guests will love. Another great way to cook with Rosemary is to chop up several fresh chives into medium sized chunks and combine with other ingredients for a light and tasty salad.
Most herbs will do better in partial or full sunlight. If your herbs are going to be grown in a pot, be sure that they get direct sunlight throughout the day. They will also need a lot of water. Some plants like the afternoon sun better than others. Be sure to check with your local nursery or grow shop to find out what types of plants will thrive best in your area.
Many people who begin an herb garden find that they have trouble continuing once the initial growth period is over. This is mainly due to poor soil quality. Many people will purchase inexpensive clay soil and add a couple of cups of topsoil to it. This will improve the quality of the soil for the plants as well as providing excellent drainage to prevent stem rot.
Once you have established a well-draining soil, keep in mind that most herbs will do best in partial and full sunlight exposure. The exception would be Rosemary which needs full sunlight exposure but since they actually come down in the winter season, they don’t do well without being shaded by trees. Some herb plants such as mint will do better in shady areas but if you want to enjoy mint all year around, plant mint in full sunlight. Mint will also flourish in well-drained soil.
Do not fertilize unless you are certain about the type of herbs you are growing. Fertilizing certain plants when they are still young can result in the loss of their leaves and roots. Wait until the plant has established its roots for best results. Watering your plants is also a consideration when choosing the best potting soil and fertilizer.