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Indoor Herb Garden

An indoor herb garden might be a good option for many reasons. Not everybody has the luxury of having even a patch of soil for a garden outdoors, with most of the population of the world crammed into cramped flats. Alternately, you might be living in a cold place where even if you do have a garden, for fresh herbs during winter, you will need another option - this is where an indoor herb garden becomes the perfect solution.

However, you have to keep a few things in mind while planning out your indoor herb garden. The first thing you have to do is choose what herbs to plant. Some popular and practical choices are Mint, Sage, Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Dill, Chives and Angelica.

When you buy the seeds or seedlings for this indoor herb garden, make sure that you get them either from others with gardens or from some dealer you trust.

Before you actually buy them, you have to choose the right spot for your indoor herb garden. The first consideration is light. If you can find a spot where the herbs will get plenty of natural light, great, you are set to start. If you cannot find a place like that, choose a place with as much natural light as possible, and press into service a couple of grow lamps, that is, fluorescent lamps, which will help.

Now you have to get the soil right, before you actually start planting. Getting the soil just right is important, so sterilized soil specially meant or potting, which is easily available, is a good way to go. However, you might consider mixing in one third coarse sand with it to get it just right. Next, a bit of lime to make sure that the sweetness is right is a good idea. Just a teaspoon will do for a five inch pot. Also, you have to consider drainage - gravel at the bottom, about an inch, will take care of that.

There is not such thing as the right or wrong pot, as long as it is big enough for your herbs. Old pots and kettles can all be used. It might be a fun activity for your children if you ask them to 'dress' the pots.

Now it is back to the basics of taking care of your herbs - water these herbs regularly, but do not drown them, keep them out of the frost, except for those few herbs that a slight frost benefit, and give them all the tender loving care you can. Talk to them, sing to them - do everything you do for your herbs, and your indoor herb garden will thrive.

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