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Indoor herb gardening 101

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Indoor herb gardening is one of the easiest and most fulfilling gardening experiences anyone can ask for. With minimum effort and cost anyone can plant an indoor herb garden. The garden can be on a windowsill in your kitchen, a table or a stand on a patio, or even in your living room.

How to get started

You can use one large container for a variety of different herbs or select individual pots to plant herbs separately. The simplest indoor herb gardening set can take as little twenty minutes to get started. You will need the following to get started:

Containers
Pots or other containers used to grow the herb in, can be anywhere from four to fifteen inches deep. Depending on whether or not you will be planting each herb individually, your containers can be as long as you want. Five to six inches long is great for individual plants. Once you have done the planting you need to leave an inch or two of the top of the container free of soil so that watering is easier.

Herb plants or seeds
The easy way is to just purchase the young herb plants from a gardening store or supermarket that sells them. You may also be able to get them from a gardener who has some to spare. Alternately you can always start from scratch and sow seeds and wait for them to germinate.

Potting soil
To avoid infestation of your indoor plants it is best not to use garden soil for planting. Get potting soil from a plant nursery or garden supply store. They will be able to advise you as to the best type of soil for different kinds of herbs.

Fertilizer
Because they are being grown inside it may be necessary to give your herbs a bit of nutritional help with some fertilizer once a month or every few months.

Because they are being grown in an indoor herb gardening environment, you will need to ensure that the plants get adequate light to grow properly. Lastly, water but do not overdo it, as herbs generally do not like to keep their feet (roots) wet. To ensure that you do not over water, allow the soil to dry before watering again.

Great herbs for indoor herb gardening include thyme, rosemary, mint, sage, parsley, chives and basil. You can experiment with others, but since you will be growing your herbs in a container avoid those that grow too tall.

Not only does indoor herb gardening provide fresh herbs year-round, it can add color to the area it occupies. In a kitchen the scent of fresh herb is also quite homely and comforting.