How to grow plants indoors

This allows herbs to grow in the kitchen all year round

Every meal is a little bit tastier with fresh herbs. But here in Germany herbs cannot be grown outside all year round. That's why here are tips for growing small herbs in your own kitchen.

Herbs add color and fragrance to the kitchen

Especially in winter, indoor herb gardens offer welcome green spaces and scents in every house and especially in the kitchen. Even if you have little experience with plants or little space available, you can easily bring herbs into the house.

Some herbs are better than others for indoor growing. These include parsley, basil, sage, and thyme. They not only spice up tasty stews, casseroles and roasts in winter.

The right parking space

A parking space with sufficient fluorescent light should be found. This can be a table, the kitchen counter, a shelf or the wall. The right light is nourishment for the plant. The herbal plants should be seen in their place for six hours of bright daylight and under no circumstances should they be placed in a place that is severely affected by drafts. In summer they can be in a sunny or shady place on the windowsill.

Choosing the planter

Fully grown plants are better for beginners than seeds that don't need one. Make sure, that the selected planter has drainage holes in the bottom and overall deep enough to encourage proper root development. The plant should never stand in the wet, as this could cause the roots to rot.

You can plant multiple herbs in one container in the kitchen, or you can choose individual pots for each herb plant. Overfilled pots can lead to fungus, so keep a little space when planting. You should fertilize the herbs once a month with an organic fertilizer.

Potting soil is filled into the vessel, then the plant is placed on it. All around, potting soil is also added and pressed down. About 3 cm should remain free at the top so that nothing runs off when watering. The herb garden in the house is really lush with this vertical garden on three floors:

These herbs can grow optimally indoors:

  • Parsley: It needs at least eight hours of direct sunlight a day. If there is not enough natural sunlight available, it is best to grow the plants under special lamps.
  • Chives: Chives like bright light and cool temperatures.
  • Basil: The herb needs bright light and warm temperatures.
  • Sage: He loves it dry. If spindle-shaped branches appear, they should be cut back.
  • Lemon balm: It is easy to grow from seeds. The fresh scent is good in salads and drinks.
  • Oregano: The soil must be loose and well drained to avoid overwatering. The plant needs partial to full sunlight either in a well-lit window or under a special light for at least six to eight hours per day.
  • Rosemary: The soil must be well drained, but not dry out completely.
  • Thyme: Very well drained or gravelly soil is particularly important. With the help of spray moisture, you can get the plant through until you see new growth.

Automatic herbal station

If you don't have a green thumb, I recommend a practical lighting and irrigation station like this one. At "Click & Grow" no daily watering or even fertilizing is necessary, the water tank only needs to be filled every three to six weeks
Plant soil with air holes was developed with the help of nanotechnology. A growth LED lamp is built in, this promotes plant growth at an early stage and regulates itself. This station here comes with three pots of basil:

This planter from Lechuza is a nice idea for outside.