The ongoing pandemic has taught most of us how to be self-sufficient. However, living in an urban area makes it difficult to grow tent kits and achieve due to the absence of farms. Thankfully, there are methods being popularized in easily accessed platforms like social media.
One of the little ways that can make you self-sufficient is growing your own food. In limited spaces, there might be a few plants you can grow and you can even utilize the indoors. These plants are ‘herbs’ and if grown, you might be saving money for spices and flavorings to your home-cooked meals.
Methods of Growing
Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist for the Oregon State University Extension Service, gave some practical suggestions wherein people can be successful in growing herbs indoors. Here are the following.
Grow herbs that can be of constant use.
It will be practical if you choose the herbs to grow based on the food that you are constantly cooking. For example, if you like salsa, then choose to grow cilantro. If you enjoy making pesto, grow some basil.
If you are into chicken salad, tarragon can be a good choice. If you make baked potatoes constantly, having chives can be a great addition. Edmunds also advised starting small in growing herbs so that you can gauge and adjust your handling of their progress.
Identify which plant suits the indoors or outdoors.
Some herbs are slow to grow from seeds. So, Edmunds recommended that once you plant them, expose them in sunlight by the clear window. When the plants tend to stretch towards the direction of the Sun, rotate the pot a quarter of a revolution to even up the growth.
Note also that there are plants that do well inside and there also plants that only blooms outside. Some examples of plants that are good for outdoors are mint, lemon balm, dill, and fennel.
Provide adequate drainage.
Water is absolutely necessary for a plant. Now that you have chosen to plant indoors, drainage can be tricky. Edmunds suggested using package soil for potting since it drains well and lightweight. He also suggested that 10-inch containers have to be used to provide room for the roots. If you have smaller pots, it can be reused for short-live herbs.
To know when to water the plants, you have to dip your finger to the soil until it reaches up to your second knuckle. As you pull-out and it’s dry, then that’s the time you will water. For adding fertilizer, a water-soluble type is recommended but at half the suggested ratio.
Prepare for harvest.
Since the plants are groomed to be food additives, harvesting them according to the amount you need is encouraged. Do not worry if it runs out or so. Prepare for that possibility and have a back-up plan before that scenario happens.
Growing plants indoors can be convenient and somehow, also frustrating if the progress doesn’t meet your expectations. That is why patience and strategy are needed along with the right information researched. If done correctly, you will be doing yourself a lot of favor.