Ten Tips to Grow Flavorful Herbs Indoors

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Ten Tips to Grow Flavorful Herbs Indoors

Growing plant indoors, herbs in particular, has become a trend among gardeners, and even among plain homeowners. Herbs are not only the easiest varieties of plants to grow, but most of them are very well adapted to an indoor environment. They also have different properties that make them suitable for various uses and purposes. Hence having them inside the house is truly beneficial.

Herbs can serve medicinal, ornamental and therapeutical applications. But they are probably best known for their culinary uses. The right herbs add distinct flavors to any dish and makes it taste fuller and more sumptuous. Professional chefs and ordinary house cooks know what wonders freshly picked herbs can do to their cooking. And given the choice, they would grow herbs inside their kitchen where they can easily help themselves to a handful of fresh, flavorful herbs.

And the good thing is, growing herbs indoors is not hard at all. In fact, you might find the activity enjoyable. Bring out the best and most intense flavors of your herbs with these ten tips:

One: Herbs need excellent drainage. Mix two parts of standard potting soil and one part of perlite for a good soil mixture that drains properly.

Two: Make sure that the pots or containers have enough drainage holes. You can add an inch of small gravel at the bottom of the pot to ensure good drainage.

Three: Better herb nutrition, better herb flavor. It’s better if you can start potting the herbs with an organic and nutrient-rich soil. Compost is wonderful addition to the potting mixture.

Four: Because of the limited supply of nutrients, potted herbs require more feeding than herbs grown in the garden. Organic liquid fertilizers and fish emulsion, applied once every week or every two weeks will give your herbs more intense flavors.

Five: Use only organic fertilizers for your herbs because chemical based products affect their taste.

Six: Most culinary herbs require full sun exposure. Place them near windows and other areas in the house that receive more sunlight, or better yet, grow a windowsill herb garden.

Seven: Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch. Water up to the brim of the pot but make sure that water drains quickly. Otherwise, check if the drainage holes are clogged.

Eight: Herbs do not stand extreme changes in temperature. Do not place them near appliances that generate heat like the stove and refrigerator, and appliances that produce cold drafts like air conditioners.

Nine: Herbs thrive best in a balanced humidity. If the air inside is too dry, place a bowl of water near your herbs to improve moisture in the air.

Ten: Occasional pruning and trimming will encourage your herbs to grow more bushy. Some herbs, like mint, are more aggressive and pruning is required to keep them from growing out of hand.

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