Herbs can be extremely easy and rewarding to grow indoors, but it can at the same time be just as easy to fall foul of certain rookie errors. So in the interests of those looking to get the very most out of their herb gardens going into the spring, here’s a quick rundown of the ten most common mistakes of all which you’ll probably want to avoid:
- Growing From Seed – While it’s fair to say that there is something uniquely satisfying about growing from seed, it is both unnecessary and makes the job so much more complicated and a long-winded. Long story short, start out with starter plants.
- The Wrong Herbs – Try to avoid falling into the habit of assuming that every type of herb is just as easy to grow and behave the same as every other. The truth is actually quite to the contrary – examples like fresh basil make fantastic herbs to get started with, while certain exotic herbs can be much more difficult to grow.
- Watering Herbs Like Houseplants – The simple fact of the matter is that as your herbs are not in fact the same as the rest of your houseplants, you really cannot expect to get away with treating them as such. Be sure to check out the exact specifications with regard to how much water your herbs need individually…and give it to them.
- Not Cutting Often Enough – It’s extremely common for newcomers to want to give their herbs as much time and space as possible to grow without interaction. Nevertheless, cutting the leaves little and often is absolutely imperative for nurturing stronger, larger and healthy leaves to grow.
- Cutting from the Wrong Places – That being said however, it is important to remember that the biggest leaves on your herb plants are nothing less than the solar energy panels they are using to power what it is they do best. When you give your plants a trim, don’t make the mistake of cutting the biggest, most important leafs.
- Poor Soil – You really cannot expect to grow the strongest and most delicious herbs on the face of the earth if you are using soil that is starved of nutrients and basically doesn’t contain what your plants need. Even when growing the hardiest herbs of all, you still need to think about the quality and nutrient content of your soil.
- Inconsistencies – Last but not least, there is absolutely nothing in the world that will wipe out your herb garden faster than constant and perhaps extreme inconsistencies of temperature and humidity. The great thing about indoor herb gardens is that it isn’t normally necessary to treat them with kid gloves at all times. That being said, if they are positioned an area where the temperature will constantly be changing, there is any likelihood of extreme temperature fluctuations or humidity levels are all over the place, it’s pretty much game over. Where you position your herb garden will make the biggest difference of all to its long-term success.