04/19/2021 | Read Time: 3-4
April is Money Smart month – so what better time to discuss gardening tips!
Gardening and financial planning have quite a lot in common: it is important to lay groundwork, build a strong foundation, and tend along the way.
Over the last year gardening has exploded – from those ripping up lawns to those growing plants on a window sill Growing allows you to enjoy homegrown produce that adds a zip of fresh flavor to meals. For gardening newbies, herb gardening serves as a low-stakes entry into more substantial edible gardening—and all you need is a sunny window. Start your own indoor herb garden this year by following a few helpful tips:
Think through what herbs you use most while also considering those that are easy to grow. For example, choose a few no-fuss plants that tend to thrive indoors such as basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary and thyme.
You can start your herb garden with seeds or by cutting sprigs from an existing plant. If you have a family member or neighbor who is an avid gardener, you may want to ask for a few cuttings. Otherwise, simply purchase seeds from a local garden store or online.
You’ll need to use containers that allow for proper drainage, so be sure to purchase pots designated for herbs. Your pots also need something to protect your indoor surface, such as a saucer or round plastic protector. You can use any size container, provided the plant fits. Just realize that the smaller the vessel, the sooner you'll have to repot.
The majority of herbs need a lot of sunlight—at least six hours a day. To maximize exposure, place plants as close as possible to your brightest window. The bright light of a south-facing window is best.
Don’t get overzealous with watering. It actually takes very little water to sustain a small herb garden. To make sure your plants prosper, keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. If leaves begin to wilt or turn yellow, scale back the watering.
Harvest a few sprigs at a time with kitchen shears or by pinching leaves off with your fingers. You’ll want to avoid cutting more than a quarter of the plant at a time because this can cause distress and even kill them.
Whether you have a green thumb or not, following the above tips will help you be victorious in growing an herb garden. For those wanting to garden your money - give Huberty a call we can help lay groundwork, build a strong foundation, and tend along the way!