by April Reinhardt
(last updated September 25, 2017)
How great would it be to have fresh sage at hand for the stuffing while cooking Thanksgiving dinner? Or perhaps you're making spaghetti for family night and you'd like fresh basil for the sauce. If you're into fresh foods, there's nothing more convenient than growing herbs in your kitchen, or just outside of your back door, ready to add to your favorite recipe in just a few seconds.
Since herbs are small plants, it's very simple to grow them in container gardens. The most difficult part is deciding on what you want to grow. Follow these tips for growing an herb garden inside of your kitchen, or just outside of your back door:
Choose potting mix that is slightly sandy, with good drainage, when planting herbs. Provide direct sunlight, since herbs grow best out of shade. It's best to provide herbs with at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. Herbs require little water since they are tiny plants, but make sure the soil does not become dry.
Once your herbs begin to grow, use them right away to encourage new growth. Think of it as pruning as you use the herbs, and either snap off a piece with your fingernail, or use sharp scissors when cutting pieces. No matter what growing zone you live in, you can always bring herbs indoors and have fresh herbs all year long.
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