Lots of good tips here. Experience is the best teacher : ) Thanks
5/1/2013 10:10:42 PM
I wish I read your sight before I tried growing my own herb garden. I have learnt a lot and realised my mistakes as to why the herbs were dying on me. In the future I will buy plants from a local nursery or farm, in order to have drainage holes and have a large enough pot for root development. I was watering the herbs fairly regularly a day, which I thought would benefit them, however your blog has made me realised this is harmful and causes the roots to rot. I also had a strange ant and bug problem in relation to the herb garden in my home, is there a reason or prevention for this?
Dill plants do not like the shock of being transplanted. I never could understand why they died. Read somewhere that dill should be started from seed and when I started doing this I had beautiful plants.
8/26/2012 9:39:14 AM
One way to help plants grown indoors in pots is to put a plastic bag over them. It keeps some moisture in, like a little greenhouse. To keep bugs away, you could use a little piece of nonwoven agricultural fabric like agribon.
8/25/2012 10:20:36 PM
Every time I have tried to raise indoor herbs I have an ant and bug problem?? How can this be prevented?
I have learned a few things. I have tried several times to grow herb from seeds. No luck. This year bought them from a farmer's market. I have had most of them several months.(shock) However, I think I overwater some, and some of the pots didn't have the holes.. My chives never did much. I have to cheat, and use a tool which tells approximately if the plant is dry, wet, or too wet. Now I know a few more things so I won't kill more plants.
If you're wanting to start some seeds, don't you believe the line that some pots are too large for starting seeds, to use a peat pot instead. If you have a peat pot in which to start your seeds, go ahead.
But if you don't, consider seeds in nature. All those herbs have one thought in mind, to grow, flower and produce seeds which get blown around and "planted" in the biggest pot imaginable: the earth. If you are kind enough to start them in a big pot, they won't mind. They will thank you for it. In fact, put a seed from 4 different herbs in the pot and have a mixture later.
8/24/2012 10:59:15 AM
I've been fairly successful at this, but always have trouble with the cilantro. Guess I'll just keep having to but a whole bunch every time a recipe calls for a smatt handful.
Seriously, who keeps their home between 60 degrees and 70 degrees? I'm freezing all the time at 74 degrees to 76 degrees (hubby's preferred temps). Most of the other information is good, but I find it best to grow the herbs outside, harvesting regularly to keep them growing nice & full. Then, before the first frost cut the plant all the way down, hang upside down to dry. Once dry I crumble, grind and/or powder the dried herbs, and they're ready for use in the winter. In the spring I just plant more and begin again.
8/24/2012 8:22:22 AM
I grew mine in a 10 gallon fish tank from a garage sale. I didn't get the hood for it so I made one to insert a grow light into. I put about 2 inches of rocks, gravel in the bottom then the dirt. I water it with some of the water from my big fresh water fish tank, then give them clean water. Basil cilantro and parsley did great, Rosemary and oregano didn't. I also tried lettuce and carrots. Lettuce grew thin and weak and went to seed. Carrots grew but never produced a carrot. If I did it again I would use a 20 gallon tank. Make sure you put it on a sturdy support where you want it to stay. It is very heavy. Mine is by a window. It doesn't require a lot of water because of the hood. There are some beautiful terrariums for sale on the internet. Enjoy!
8/24/2012 7:45:17 AM
I feel like I'm a good gardener, but I have NEVER successfully grown herbs indoors. You really have to have a very (extremely) sunny window and even then you have to rotate the plant because it will start to lean over since plants stretch towards the sun.
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