What Herbs Can You Grow Indoors

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What Herbs Can You Grow Indoors
An indoor herb garden is a simple way to bring nature indoors. (six kinds of aromatic herbs for cooking image by angelo.gi from Fotolia.com)

Herb gardening produces herbs that add energy to your living spaces and are used in cooking, cosmetics and medications. Herbs are forgiving plants that make growing them simple, especially indoors. Simply provide the plants with the light, heat, and moisture requirements they need.

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Basil

Basil needs lots of sun and plenty of water. Place in a sunny window or provide with a grow light to get maximum growth from your basil. Fill a container with rich, well-drained potting mix. Water daily, as basil grows quickly and needs very regular watering. Pinch off any flowers as they form to keep your basil growing and producing leaves continuously.

Sage

Plant sage in large pots with good drainage. Fill the pot with rich potting mix and place it in direct sunlight. Water sage regularly, but do not overwater. The soil in the pot should never be soggy or muddy, simply moist. Keep sage warm in temperatures between 18.3 and 21.1 degrees C.

Thyme

Thyme produces tiny, delicate leaves but the plant itself grows to a very large size when given the space to do so. Plant thyme in a pot, planter, basket or hanging planter. Fill the container with high-quality potting mix. Provide thyme with full sunlight or a grow light to encourage growth. Thyme prefers less water than other plants, so water every other day.

Mint

Mint is ideal for indoor container growing, as it is an aggressive grower and does not grow well with other plants in a garden. Provide mint with rich, well-drained soil. Keep the soil and the plant cool and moist. Water regularly. While partial sun is fine for mint, keep the plant out of harsh midday sunlight.

Lavender

Place lavender in large pots, as it grows to a large size very quickly. Lavender produces dusty-looking leaves and puffy purple-coloured flowers. The flowers may be eaten or stewed to make tea. Water lavender regularly, keeping soil moist. Direct sunlight is preferable for this herb.

Rosemary

Rosemary grows best in fertile, well-drained soil. Keep this plant in a cool, moist environment that is full of light. Indirect sunlight is best, so place it in a room of reflected light or near an east-facing window. Water every other day and keep soil moist, never soggy.

Chives

Chives are a member of the onion family. This herb grows best in medium-sized pots filled with rich, well-drained soil. Fertilise chives regularly. Water daily, keeping the soil moist, not muddy. Partial sunlight is acceptable for chives.

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