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As the weather continues to get too hot for my taste, I am reminded that gardening season is upon us.
Our old planters are littered with the casualties of our first attempt at a container garden in our first year without a yard to garden in.
We had the best intentions, alas…
… the struggle is painfully real.
This year, I am determined to keep something alive.
Here’s what I learned:
– Herbs need 4-6 hours of direct sunlight to grow properly indoors.
– A south-facing window will receive the most sunlight. You might pay attention to which windows get the best light and for how many hours a day before selecting which window is best to grow your plants next to.
– Herbs grow best when the soil is not left soggy. Layer the bottom of your container with large rocks to ensure there is proper drainage.
– “Potting mix” is preferred for container gardening rather than “potting soil.” It is lighter and allows for adequate drainage as is necessary with herbs.
– If your herbs are not getting enough sunlight through a window, you can supplement with a fluorescent lamp.
– When harvesting your herbs, don’t only cut off all of the large leaves. The plant needs some large leaves to soak up the sun in order to continue growing. You know, photosynthesis and whatnot.
– Harvest often so as to discourage flowering, which will change the flavor of the herb and kill your plant. Also, try to snip with clippers/scissors rather than tearing.
– You can check if your herb needs water by either checking how light the container feels or sticking your finger an inch into the soil, if its dry, it needs to be watered.
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– needs at least 6 hours of sun each day
– does well when started from seeds or starts
– water regularly, especially if temperatures are very warm
– mist lightly if leaves begin wilting
– Ideal recipe: Pesto
– if you maintain a bay tree over many years, it can grow up to 6 feet tall indoors (although, overall, it is a slow grower)
– does not need much sun, but needs lots of air circulation, so don’t crowd it too closely with other herbs
– does not do well with drafts or hot spots, so don’t plant next to a vent/heater/AC
– the leaves are best dry (otherwise they are bitter), so wait 48-72 hours after picking before using in a recipe
– the larger leaves will be most flavorful
– Ideal recipe: Old Bay seasoning for chicken/seafood (in addition to being used in many sauce and soup recipes)
– needs 6-8 hours of sun each day
– turn the pot every few days to avoid having it lean to one side
– starts well from seeds
– can pot with other herbs such as thyme, basil and oregano
– Ideal recipe: Tabbouleh Salad or Italian seasoning
– needs 6-8 hours of sunlight each day
– rosemary grows much slower when temperatures cool, be careful not to over-water
– don’t let the plant dry out completely, the roots will not be able to support the plant and it will die
– rosemary is prone to growing a powedery mildew, so keep it out of rooms with high humidity/steam such as the kitchen
– allowing a fan to blow on the plant from time to time helps circulation to avoid mildew
– Ideal recipe: Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot bread
– needs at least 6 hours of sunlight each day
– a terracotta/clay pot is ideal for thyme as it allows the roots to dry out between watering and avoid root rot
– cut back woody stems and blooms as they appear to promote more foliage growth
– thyme reproduces quickly and will need to be replaced every season or two to avoid the plant getting too large
– dry thyme by laying the leaves out on a baking sheet in a warm dry place for a day or two
– Ideal recipe: Homemade Mustard
Time to not kill some plants! hi-yah!