Chives, thyme and basil…… We put these herbs and spices in our soups, salads and we even add them to our meat dishes. So what could be more natural than growing them in our home? If you live in a apartment, we have the answer 🙂
The advantages of cultivating indoors:
You can start growing your plants whenever you want. Of course, the other advantage of growing indoors is that you can move your plants wherever you want to optimise their exposure to sunlight.
What plants can you grow indoors?
Chives, basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, coriander and dill prefer daylight without being in direct contact with the sun. Thyme and rosemary adapt more easily to the sun. Continually check to see how your plants are growing: too much sun and the leaves will become stained or yellowish. For those plants lacking light, their stems will tend to elongate. It’s up to you to find the middle ground.
For potting your plants, use everyday soil or nutrient-rich soil designed for aromatic plants. You should place small pebbles at the bottom of your pot to drain the water and prevent the plant from rotting.
For the location, choose a bright and airy spot.
You should always water your plants in the morning. During the summer months, it should be every day, in the winter, it’s suffice to water every 2 to 3 days. There’s no point over-watering!
Final Phase: The harvest
Some precautions to bear in mind when harvesting:
– Do not pick the leaves when they are too young
– Prioritise picking the leaves at the top of the plant so as not to weaken it.
There’s no point stocking aromatic herbs. Once cut, they quickly lose their flavour and health benefits. However, you can chop and freeze them for a period of about 6 months.