Hanging Herb Garden: How To Make An Herb Planter
The idea of making an indoor herb planter seems very simple. You just need some plants and some plant potting soil.
But what if you don’t have any plants? What if you are not sure how to grow herbs indoors?
Well, I am here to tell you that it isn’t difficult at all! You just need to follow these steps.
Step 1: Choose Your Plants
You will want to choose plants with bright colors that will look good in your indoor herb planter. You can use a few different types of herbs such as basil, chives, dill, mint, parsley or thyme.
Some other plants you might like include lettuce and carrots. If you are looking for something new and interesting then try growing cilantro (cilantro).
Step 2: Get Rid Of Any Other Plants That Will Be In Your Home
If you live alone then you may want to leave out the roses because they won’t bloom well in your herb planter. Also, if you have pets, make sure they do not eat any of the plants.
Just remember that there are no rules when it comes to choosing plants for your indoor herb planter. So go ahead and get started!
Step 3: Get Your Soil And Other Necessary Items
You will need a clear plastic cup or a small pot. Also, you will need some good rich soil that has fertilizer.
If possible, try using soil that already has fertilizer mixed in it. You can buy this at any local nursery or garden store. The last thing you will need is a spray bottle filled with water.
Step 4: Create Your Herb Garden
Now it is time to plant your herbs. You can either put one large potted herb or several smaller plants in your cup or pot.
Next, pour the soil over the roots of the plant. Make sure that the soil does not cover the entire root system. When you add the soil, leave about a ½ inch from the top of the cup or pot. Now it is time to water the plants. You can either water from the bottom or spray them with the water from a spray bottle.
Step 5: Place Your Herb Garden In A Well-Lit Location
Herbs need sunlight to grow so pick a nice sunny window to place your cup or pot. Most herbs like 6 hours of sun each day.
Also, make sure that your herb garden gets at least 8 hours of sunlight each day.
Step 6: Add Water When Necessary
Most herbs need at least one inch of water each week. If the soil seems really dry then add more water.
After a while, you will get a feel of how much water your plants need. If the herbs start to yellow then it is time to give them more water. You can also check by pulling up on one of the leaves. If the center is white then the plant needs water.
Step 7: Fertilize
Most herbs need fertilizer about once a month. You can buy fertilizer at any nursery, but it is easy to make your own by putting one tablespoon of nitrogen, phosphate or potash (NPK) in a cup of water.
Then add this mixture to a gallon of water and pour slowly over the soil. Make sure not to use too much fertilizer because this can damage the plants.
Step 8: Have Fun With Your Herbs!
When your herbs start to grow, trim the extra bits off as you need them in your cooking. Most herbs should last about 4 to 6 weeks if you take care of them well.
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