Indoor Herb Gardens

by Selma Zaifoglu

In today’s rushed life having a tranquil, green space to escape to within your home is virtually essential.  Indoor herb gardens are a perfect way to take advantage of their functionality and beauty.

The first biggest obstacle is choosing a design.  What should your indoor garden look like? What should its theme be?  Below we will be discussing two ways to incorporate indoor herb gardens into your kitchen.

It is important to think about the light conditions you can provide your indoor plants.  Most herbs need lots of sunlight (at least 6-8 hours a day).  However, some herbs need more light than others. Keep this in mind when you are choosing which plants to grow.

OPTION 1:

If your kitchen has a sunny, bright corner with loads of natural sunlight then this option would be ideal to bring in fresh herbs and add a natural look to your area.  On top of figuring out how you want the actual design of the space to be, ensure that there is plenty of good natural light. You also want to steer clear of any space that has limited access, as you will need to get right in there and tend to your plants.

Here are some plants that prefer full light:

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Bay laurel
  • Oregano

OPTION 2:

If you have trouble finding spots with enough sunlight in your home or apartment, consider using a grow light.  There are many options from simple work lights to complete herb garden aquaponic systems.  These will all provide the light your plants need.

The use of white fluorescent light as a design feature, especially in smaller homes where they can’t afford to sacrifice the space and where natural light is not always present is a great alternative for those who want a bit of green in their cosy space.

They can be installed inside cabinetry or shelves and here, more than anywhere the “less is more” concept applies.  You don’t want to squish your plants together and try to grow as much as you can. Plants need room to breathe, and some plants—like mint—will actually take over the entire space and end up killing your other plants because of the rate at which they grow at.

A few plants that can tolerate less light include:

  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Chervil

Keeping an indoor herb garden is a great way to grow useful houseplants. If you follow these tips to grow an indoor herb garden you can be cooking delicious, freshly spiced meals in no time!

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