Posted on May 30 2017
Whether you're making homemade tinctures, salves or simply looking for some healthy cooking alternatives, fresh herbs make the world of difference.
How are you seasoning your food?
Indoor Herb Gardening
These container plants usually do best in their own pots as some herbs draw more soil nutrients than others. Keep your plants well watered, but not soaking wet and allow water to drain properly with some help from drainage holes and some small rocks and pebbles at the bottom of your pot.
Growing Herbs Outdoors
The soil you use to plant your seeds or seedlings should be nutrient rich. More nutrients can be added when you incorporate compost into a purchased organic soil.
Herbs grown outdoors are fond of warmer soil that isn't overfed. Prepare the soil by digging a hole at least twice the width but no deeper than the peat pot your plant is currently growing in. If the weather is particularly hot or dry, keep an eye on the moisture of the soil in the garden and stay on top of your watering routine.
Most herbs are actually more aromatic or flavorful with soil that is relatively dry. To encourage branching and new growth, pinch2-3 inches off the stem tips. To help new leaves grow, pinch off any flowers that appear at the tips of leaves. Especially basil!