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This weekend we finally planted our herbs! I’ve been wanting to grow our own herbs for a long time, but the last time I actually had the motivation to get it started it was already August and starting to get cold. So I’ve been waiting ever since to start an indoor herb garden, and now it’s finally time!
We went to Home Depot a week ago and found everything we needed. We decided on 6 different types of herbs: Dill, Catnip, Chamomile, Basil, Rosemary, and Spearmint. The associate at Home Depot said that they would be getting a shipment of already started plants in after a week or two, but we didn’t want to wait that long so we bought seeds. We also bought little seed starter kits because we figured that would be the easiest (read: most idiot proof) way to get these herbs growing. The total bill for six packets of seeds and three seed starter kits came out to $17.83; growing your own herbs is a super inexpensive alternative to buying them!
I’m feeling pretty good about my ability to grow these little herbs, cuz these seed starter kits are pretty great. But if you have a black thumb, you might want to try succulents instead! They’re pretty easy to take care of, plus you can do a ton of things with them, like this adorable DIY succulent wreath from Unskinny Boppy!
But if you’re gonna go with seeds, I really suggest these seed starter kits. They have these little pellets in them and you just add water and they pop right up into super nutrient rich soil! The pellets also have little divots right at the top that turn into the perfect 1/4″ hole in the top of the soil.
We added 2 C of warm water to each tray of pellets, they soaked up the water and became little bundles of soil, and we were able to just drop a few seeds in each divot and cover them up with the soil. The kits also come with little clear lids for the trays which turn them into miniature greenhouses to help incubate the seeds and seedlings.
Each tray had ten pellets, and we had three trays, so we ended up planting seeds from each type of herb in five different pellets. And we have some great southern exposure windows in our kitchen facing the back alley that get a lot of natural light during the day, so we’ve set the little greenhouses up in one of those windows. Here’s hoping something grows! I’ll keep you posted if it does.
Our windows are weird…the walls of the building are thick, so there is an inner and an outer window in each opening. The interior makes a great sill for growing plants though because we can shut the outer window when we need to protect the plants from the elements, and we can keep the interior window shut to protect the plants from the kitties!
Are there any avid gardeners out there? Any advice for us? Have you had any luck growing herbs, either indoors or out?
This post is part of a series about growing herbs indoors. You can see the rest of the posts in the series here.
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