- June 30, 2008 at 6:06 pm #259128
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “mommy.daddy09”
> I live in an apartment and want so bad to have a garden even if its
> small so i can feed my family better. the cost of groceries are
> way to expensive. is there a way to grow a garden indoors? I also
> a small back porch that i could use but not sure how to go about
> planting and what in. the back porch is big enough for a trash can
> someone to stand on so not very big.
How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden:
Whether you are preparing a gourmet meal for guests, or a quick meal
on soccer night, absolutely nothing enhances the flavors of food like
fresh herbs. And what better place to find them than right in your
Not only are herbs flavorful, but many have wonderful medicinal
properties as well, and have been used for centuries as remedies for
everything from relaxation and sleep promotion to soothing sore
throats and relief of asthmatic conditions.
To Start Growing You Will Need:
Seeds of your choice, potting soil, empty yogurt cups, labels, pots
(unglazed clay are best because they allow excess moisture to
evaporate), small pebbles or marbles for drainage. Plastic bags or
Planting Your Seeds:
Make small holes in each of the yogurt cups.
Using slightly moist soil, fill cups to within 3/4″ of the top.
Place 4-5 seeds in each cup and add enough potting soil so that the
cups are almost full.
Lable each cup.
Pat soil down slightly.
Place cups on a tray and carefully slide tray into a plastic bag or
cover with cling wrap, and move to a dark place.
Check your cups daily. As soon as you see seedlings, take the cups
out of the plastic and put them on or near a window sill. (south
facing is best).
When the first few leaves appear, take the healthiest seedlings to
transplant in clay pots. ( healthy seedlings are never too long, or
After placing a few pebbles or marbles in the bottom of each pot for
drainage, you can transplant the seedlings into pots using a high
quality potting soil. I prefer to use one of the commercial brands
that come with plant food and fertilizers in the mix. These mixes are
widely available, affordable and very effective.
Care Of Your Herbs
Always keep plants moist, but never over water. Over watering can
lead to root rot and quickly kill the entire plant.
Spray plants with tepid water every 3-4 days.
Pick off any straggly runners as close to the base of the plant as
possible so that your plants stay compact and bushy. It is also
important too keep an eye on the bottoms of your pots. If you see
roots in the drainage holes, you will need to transfer the plants to
When plants begin to get bushy and more mature: grab your scissors,
trim, experiment, and enjoy.
Kelly in IL
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