Tips for growing indoor herbs

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Tips for growing indoor herbs
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Herbs are often the magic ingredient for those who love to cook.  Not only are they able to give a great variety and depth of flavour to your dishes but they are also great for your health.    

If you are a fan of herbs surely you would like to grow your own.  Don’t worry you can still grow herbs without a big garden.  Here’s some advice for growing your own indoor herbs without letting them die the next day.

Choose your plants well

Most herbs can be grown in a pot but it isn’t the case for all.  Fortunately, the most common herbs are often those herbs that you can grow at home.  This includes parsley, basil, thyme, chives, dill mint, tarragon and rosemary.

Don’t plant all your herbs in the same pot

Although some plants can be planted together, it is important to choose wisely which plants you put together.

Each plant needs to be looked after differently.  Some, for example, need more water or more sunlight than others.  It is therefore essential to put the plants that favour the same conditions in the same pot.  If you decide to grow plants in the same pot make sure that you leave a sufficient amount of space between each plant.  At least 10 cm between each plant will be enough to ensure that all the herbs can develop without any problems.

Nevertheless, some plants need to be planted in their own pot because they take up too much space and risk suffocating neighbouring plants.  This is the case for mint for example.

Right position

Some herbs like the sun so therefore grow better when they are positioned in a place with lots of sunlight.  Dill and basil both thrive in sunny places.  Others like chives and thyme also like a good dose of sunlight so it is best to position these herbs on a window sill where the sun hits. However in contrast, others like mint and parsley prefer the shade.

By being attentive you can easily see if your plant needs a good dose of sunlight.  If marks start to form on the leaves it’s a sign that the plant is exposed too much sunlight. In contrast,  if a plant’s leaves become smaller and it’s stalk becomes longer, it is a sign that your plant requires more sunlight.  In both these cases it is important to change the position of your plant so that it doesn’t die.

Water carefully 

It’s no secret:  plants need to be watered so that they can survive.

The majority of herbs need to be watered frequently: at least once a day in summer and every 2-3 days in winter.  As a general rule, the soil should never be completely dry but never too wet either!

Find out precisely how much water each plant needs.  Rosemary and thyme for example should be watered less frequently than mint and parsley. As for basil, it is one of the herbs that requires the most amount of water.

If you follow these tips you should soon have a good handful of fresh herbs at your fingertips!

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