If you love growing herbs in a garden (like many of our deer fencing members do), but live in an apartment complex or in a home with little backyard space, there’s an easy solution – grow them in containers! Just like some fruits are able to grow in containers, there are many varieties of herbs that can do the same.
Herbs are great for growing indoors because they can be used so often in cooking. They also grow fairly fast, so if you decide to use a lot in your next recipe, you won’t have to wait very long until you can harvest more. Try growing these herbs in containers in your home:
Basil comes in many different varieties and thrives in soil that is well-drained, so start with coarse-textured soil from the store. Then, make sure you place the basil as close to a window as possible (it needs lots of light) and water the basil on a regular basis. If you’re not sure if the herb needs water, stick your finger about 1/2 inch into the soil. If it’s dry, it needs watering.
Thyme needs plenty of light, so once you plant it, keep it close to a window. Thyme is naturally drought-resistant, so you don’t need to water it as often as basil. (You can let the soil dry in between waterings.) It’s a hardy plant and can survive in temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit or as high as 80 degrees, so it’s perfect for growing indoors.
Oregano thrives in bright light, so place it near a window that faces east – this way, it can enjoy the brightness of the morning sun. Oregano is also naturally drought-resistant, so water it regularly, but don’t over-water it. Most oregano varieties will bloom clusters of purple flowers in the summer, however, you’ll want to pinch them off when you see them (to keep the flavor in the leaves).
Chives are a little more temperamental when it comes to growing to their fullest. Chives need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight, so put your herb near a south-facing window for optimum sun exposure. The soil also needs to be evenly moist at all times. The good news is that the tips of the chives will turn yellow if there’s not enough moisture in the soil.
Because rosemary is a slow-growing plant, you may want to consider buying a nursery-grown plant and nurturing it instead of planting a seed. Like oregano, rosemary thrives under bright light, so place it near an east-facing window in order to harvest the morning light. Rosemary is also drought-resistant, so only water it when necessary and be sure not to over-water it.
Unlike rosemary, parsley is best grown from a seed because it has long roots that don’t transplant well. Parsley needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight, so place it near a south-facing window to give it enough light. You should also keep the soil lightly moist and harvest them by snipping the parsley at the bottom of the stalk instead of just at the leaves.