Mar 1, 2011

Spring's Sprouts

by Kiku Reidhead

Build your own herb garden

Spring brings the opportunity for you to put your green thumb to the test. You'll be surprised how simple it can be to grow an herb garden with our tips. If you have the space to put your plants out for some sun, great! If not, don't worry, as long as you have a sunny windowsill, you can keep your garden indoors.

When you go to buy seeds or plants to start your garden, don't go too cheap unless you inspect carefully; expired seeds or plants with withering stems and leaves are usually not healthy. Also keep in mind your growing environment. Bushy herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage are best suited for an indoor garden, but can be grown outdoors too. Basil and chives are quick, easy growers and are suited for both indoor and outdoor gardens.

Herbs require lots of sunlight for ideal growth. This is why an outdoor location is best. Before you set your plants outside though, ensure that evening frosts are past. You can keep your garden in pots or containers, but you'll want to make sure they have good drainage and good soil.

If you're indoors, find a windowsill that gets sun for most of the day. You don't want them in the kitchen, next to the hot oven and stove. Look for a good window in the living room or even bedroom.

Once you've planted your seeds or picked out your plants and placed them in the sun, you'll want to pay close attention to the moisture level of the soil. Herbs don't do well in soaked soil nor in dry soil. If you water your plants daily or every other day they should be in perfect growing condition.

After the initial steps and daily care, your herbs should be tall and green and ready for flavoring up your favorite dishes!

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