Indoor herb gardens:
- Chives are one of the easiest items to grow indoors since they don’t require much light and grow quite quickly.
- Peppermint and spearmint are known to grow like weeds. Plant them in their own container, as they spread quickly and can easily stifle other plants. Peppermint plants thrive in shade with a little light every day, so place your planter by a window with soft lighting. Once your plant is thriving, cool off with the recipe at the end of this blog!
- Parsley can be used in tons of dishes, so it’s great to have your own parsley plant at home. It’s an ideal plant for indoor summer growing, as it requires little maintenance and likes low light. Keep in mind that this herb is a slow-grower, so it might take a couple of weeks to see results.
- Oregano is also very easy to grow, but requires a little more light. Place your oregano plant by a window that will receive 6 to 8 hours of sun per day.
- Thyme, just like oregano, requires 6 to 8 hours of light. Plant these two herbs together and you’ll have plenty of herbs for any meal in no time.
Make sure your pots or containers have adequate holes for drainage, since herbs can be prone to fungus. Adding small pebbles at the bottom of the pots will also create ventilation needed for successful growth. High quality soil that contains vermiculite or perlite helps keeps the soil moisture at ideal levels. Watering your herbs is important, but keep in mind that herbs don’t require as much water as regular house plants. If you see your leaves turn yellow, that could be a sign of overwatering. Try to allow the soil to dry before the next watering.
Urban living makes it challenging to have a garden, but if you have a small patio, consider having a planter outside. Pinterest is full of cute, cheap, and easy patio planter projects, so check it out for inspiration! Here are some vegetables that grow well in small containers outside:
- Cherry and Bush Tomatoes
- Summer Squash
- Asian Greens
- Pole Beans
- Various Herbs
Keep in mind that these pants require 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day and grow best when protected from wind that could dry out their foliage. Organic fertilizer is also important for a successful harvest, especially when growing plants in containers. It provides nutrients the plant needs, as some nutrients end up getting washed from the soil. Also, many vegetables thrive in higher humidity so consider clustering the pots close together or adding grass clippings, straw or marsh hay to help retain moisture.
- Zucchini Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
- Peppers (sweet and hot peppers)
- Asparagus (one of the most cost-effective vegetables to plant. Plant it once, and it can produce spears for 15 - 20 years).
You can find many starter plants at your local farmers market, and be sure to ask the grower for tips. Remember that not all of these plants are fast-growers, so it might take some time to see the fruits of your labor. Be patient, and happy growing!