Creating An Indoor Herb Garden

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Hanging herb garden

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When you have little or no outdoor space to enjoy the benefits of green living, you’re not at a complete dead-end. Use your indoor space to your advantage. Add a bit of nature to your interior decor while creating something tasty for the kitchen with these tips.

Start With Herbs

Before you get big and fancy with your indoor garden, test your growing skills with an herb garden. Since herbs are easy to keep healthy, you won’t have the eyesore of wilted, unattended plants to deal with while you’re learning. When they’re ready, you can dry the herbs and save them in your spice cabinet for later use.

Some of the best herbs to start with include:

  1. Basil: This is an easy-to-grow plant that you can use in spaghetti sauces and soups. Grow it from a seed and place it in a south-facing window where it’ll get a lot of sun.
  2. Oregano: Oregano grows best in a south-facing window and goes great with basil in Italian dishes.
  3. Bay: Bay is a great perennial plant that does well year-round in indoor pots. Bay does best in an uncrowded area in an east- or west-facing window. While people don’t eat bay leaves, you can add them to soup while cooking it to extract the flavor. (Remove the leaf before serving.)
  4. Parsley: Parsley is a pretty versatile plant. It grows well in pots and likes direct sunlight, but it’ll grow slowly in east- or west-facing windows. Check out these ideas to see how you can use parsley.

Use a Vertical Design

The thing about creating an indoor garden is that you likely don’t have a lot of space for gardening. That can make your plants look cluttered, which totally abolishes the “aesthetically pleasing” idea. Clean up your space with a vertical design. You can purchase vertical garden containers or set up your own containers up the wall. Start with these ideas for inspiration.

Think About Your Containers

The type of container you choose has a lot to do with how successfully your plants will grow and how the garden will look in your space. Not only should you look at how the container matches your decor, but also consider the size. Does it allow enough room for your plant to grow? Start with these tips to help you find the right pot for your project.

Consider an Aquaponics System

If the goal of your indoor garden is to live the “green” life, then perhaps an aquaponics system is for you. This is where fish and plants work together to create a closed ecosystem. It works by pumping water from a fish tank into the plants, which helps fertilize them. The plant water then drains back into the fish tank, delivering essential nutrients back to the fish. Not only can adding a fish tank to your garden bring more beauty into the home, but it’s also easier on the environment.

Want to learn more about indoor gardening? Check out more info on veggies here.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.