Monday, September 14, 2009

Craft Therapy - Indoor Herb Garden

This weeks Craft Therapy project is one that I have wanted to tackle myself. Putting together an indoor herb garden takes very little time or supplies, and is a very relaxing way to spend part of an afternoon.

What you will need:

4 Small Garden Pots with Saucers
Herb Seeds (parsley, sage, thyme, and chives all grow well indoors)
Small Pebbles
Indoor Potting Soil
12 Toothpicks
Plastic Wrap
4 Rubber Bands or Twine


•To ensure good drainage, fill the bottom quarter of your pots with pebbles.
•Add the Indoor Potting Soil to your planters. Plant 3 seeds in each pot at the recommended depth on the packet.
• Using luke warm water, water the soil well.
• Poke three toothpicks into the soil around the rim. Drape the plastic wrap over the toothpicks and secure around the bottom of the pot with rubberbands, or tie with twine.

Check your soil everyday, adding water if needed. The soil should feel moist, not soggy. Remove the plastic wrap when your seedlings sprout and move to a sunny location. A room with a south facing window is ideal. Thin your herbs down to one plant when the seedlings have two true leaves. When the humidity is very low in winter, you may want to lightly mist your plants daily.

Enjoy your new indoor herb garden!

*Be careful not to place your plants too close to a very sunny window. Even in winter the sunlight can be intense enough to burn your herbs. I lost a thriving mini rose this way last year!

4 comments:

  1. I have had a hard time keeping herbs thriving indoors during the winter. I will try your suggestions and see.... I have issues with bugs.

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  2. If your plants are small enough you can do a soapy water dunk. Fill your kitchen sink with lukewarm water and a couple squirts of dish soap. Turn the entire plant upside down (being sure to gently hold it in the pot), and swish it for a few seconds in the water. If your plant is too large, you can fill a spray bottle with the sudsy water and spray the top and undersides of the leaves. Hope that helps!

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  3. I look forward to the time that the kids are old enough to 'help' out with gardening. I have great memories of my neice wanting to grow tomatoes when she was young.

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  4. Thought provoking post.I found this website useful for Herb Gardening tips http://www.herbgardeningtoday.com. I think you guys will find it interesting too.

    Thanks,
    Steve - Herb garden plants

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