Growing Herbs Indoors
Growing herbs has become one of the most popular aspects of gardening. Even at the end of the growing season, with cold temperatures ahead, many continue their passion by bringing them indoors.
Millions are grown in greenhouses like this one every year strictly for this purpose. After all, not only are they tasty, they are beautiful. But for the best results with growing herbs indoors there are a few things that you may find helpful.
For instance, not all herbs are suited for growing inside. Rosemary is ideal, but whatever you're dealing with you'll want to make sure that it gets plenty of light - but not direct sunlight. And when it comes to water, you want to make sure that it is consistently moist. You never want to over-water or let the soil dry out. This approach goes for many of our favorites such as scented geraniums, oregano and thyme.
You'll find that it's not necessary to fertilize as much when the days become shorter. Unless of course you are growing them under a grow light and they still think it's summer.
Now if they begin to get a little leggy and out of hand, just prune them back. Of course one of the hardest things on herbs in our homes is the hot, dry air. So you might try growing them in a place that has higher humidity, like the kitchen or bathroom.
If you have a problem with pests, I recommend you use an insecticidal soap. It is effective and safe. And this is something to keep in mind if you're planning on using these to spice up some of your favorite recipes.
From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.
P. Allen Smith Gardens
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