venerdì 8 febbraio 2008

Growing an Indoor Herb Garden, Part II

When creating your own indoor herb garden, you can start with seeds or with small herb plants that you purchased at a nursery or gardening center, it really doesn’t matter. Seeds will, of course, take slightly longer to get started but neither choice is easier than the other. Place wood chips or stones at the bottom of the pots in which you’re going to plant your herbs. This will allow the air to circulate better through the soil.

If you are starting seeds instead of small plants, use a soil free mixture, such as a peat mixture, to start with, until you get the plants going. Loose soil may be used if you are starting with small herb plants. You won’t need to water your herbs every day, once a week is probably sufficient. You should feel the soil to see if it is moist, if it is moist, wait a day or two and check it again. Wait until your soil feels slightly dry to the touch before watering your herbs again, and don’t completely soak them when you do water them. Light moisture is best. You may even want to consider using a plant mister instead of actually pouring water into your pots.

Once you have your herb garden going, don’t be afraid to use it regularly. It’s like a haircut for your herbs – the more you cut, the healthier they are and the more they will grow. You can also dry and store your own herbs, or freeze them for more of a fresh herb taste later. Freshly dried herbs from your personal indoor herb garden would make a lovely addition to a gift of fresh baked bread for a friend, or packaged nicely with a pack of your favorite Italian recipes printed on decorative paper and given as a welcome gift for your new neighbors. Don’t miss all the great classic Italian recipes in The Italian Kitchen, which will be available soon for purchase here and at!

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