Guide to Growing Herbs Inside Your Condo

Guide to Growing Herbs Inside Your Condo
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    A lot of kitchen gardeners enjoy the convenience of fresh herbs readily available in their home.

    Even if you live in a condo, you can still grow herbs indoors.


Plant experts know that the best location for an indoor herb garden is the kitchen but of course you can grow them anywhere you want as long as the following requirements are met:

1. Give your plants enough sunlight.

For those living in condos in Montreal, it’s important to understand that herbs need a lot of natural light. You should place your plants near a window where they are exposed to at least 4 hours of sunlight every day.

2. Make sure it has sufficient drainage.

Herbs can die if you let them sit in water, as it will cause its roots to rot. Use a drain pan under the pot (or a plastic saucer if a drain pan is not available) to catch water while at the same time ensuring your window sill or table top is not damaged.

You might be wondering, why not use clay pots? Well, the truth is, clay pots can truly help with drainage however they can dry out fast. If you live in a dry climate or you plan to grow your herbs during the cold months, you can use a plastic container that does not try out quickly. Oh, and don’t forget to put drainage holes in your pots!

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3. Choose herbs that are suitable for indoor temperatures.

The good news is most herbs are fine with the usual indoor temperatures, which is from 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if the temperature drops in the evening, herbs are still generally OK as long as you keep them from touching glass, which can get frosty at night.

But there are herbs however, that are a bit tricky to grow indoors such as basil. The leaves will usually droop if exposed to cold air.

4. Use the right type of soil and fertilizer.

Growing plants in containers require high quality potting soil. You can’t just dig up a little dirt and call it a day. Ordinary soil will dry out fast and will kill your plants. We recommend using a mix of equal parts of peat moss, vermiculite and potting soil.

Now when it comes to fertilizers, you don’t have to worry because majority of herbs do not really need it to survive. If you can get an all-natural organic fertilizer, you’re all good. You can apply fertilizer once every few weeks or as needed. Don’t apply too much because heavy applications can affect the aroma and flavor of your herbs.

5. Watering

During warm days, you may need to water your container up to twice a day. Watch out for signs like drying of the potting mix or the leaves appearing pale. But if the soil is moist, then there’s no need to worry.

No matter how much space you have in your condo, there’s always room for a portable herb garden. Hopefully, this guide has inspired you to jumpstart your new project!

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