Returning to Our Roots // Planting an Herb Garden
Recently, I discovered that I love plants. They were never something I had really looked into before. I mean, they were always there, but we never had any live plants in our home growing up unless you count flowers bouquets from holidays and high school theatre productions. I suppose it started slowly. I fell in love with the movie Practical Magic and their conservatory. I still think it's magical and want my home to look just like theirs. Then I started reading the Outlander series and fell in love with Claire's knowledge of herbal remedies. I thought that was such a unique skill to have! Enough that I wanted to learn myself. I'm still not sure where to begin with that, but I think I've found a solution: growing my own herbs.
Now, I am not an expert. At all. This is my first ever attempt at growing indoor plants. That doesn't mean we can't learn together! As I've said before, I am best at teaching myself skills, I always have been. It's just my thing! Here are my plant goals:
- Plant herbs that I recognize first. I chose seven different ones to start with: thyme, rosemary, oregano, chives, lavender, sage, and basil. I can move into more unusual ones (to me, at least) later on.
- Learn the proper way to grow these chosen herbs. Create a nice, little indoor garden and tend to it regularly.
- Study up on the different uses of each said herb, whether that be for cooking, medicinal purposes, or beauty remedies! I want to know it all.
- Learn how to dry them when they are done growing.
So, the plant babies were potted! I am so happy. It's been a week of growth time, and I have already had six herbs sprout from seeds. Are you ready to start your indoor herb garden? Here is what you will need:
- Clay pots + Saucers. I chose the smallest I could find at our local hardware store. There are several different options you can choose from to pot your plants. Disposable seed cups, a juice container, sour cream container, or an egg carton. Just pick something that will drain well! My clay pots have a hole in the bottom center, and I put a folded paper towel in the bottom to soak up any drainage.
- Potting Soil. Just plain, old potting soil. You can get something fancy or not, it's up to you! I don't really know the benefits of different kinds, but I chose one that was organic and had no added chemicals.
- Seeds. This is entirely up to you!
- Plant Food. I did end up getting some plant food. I've only used it once so far! It recommends 7-14 days, so I'll probably try again tomorrow when I water. This just helps a little, but generally consists of chemicals! So if you're trying to grow as natural as possible, I would do some more research in that department.
So far so good! I've had thyme, chives, oregano, lavender, sage, and basil pop up so far. We've decided rosemary is a late bloomer - that dang rosemary! We are nine days in! I planted most of the seeds about a 1/4 of the way in the soil and some only required a light dusting over the top. I divide two cups of water (that's what fits in my measuring glass) between the seven of them in the mornings. I've read that if your soil is soggy to the touch, then you do not need to water, but if your fingers come up mostly clean, they need a little more. Just a way to check if you should water that day or not! We inserted little sticks with their names written on each to know who is who (it's like their people or something. embarrassing.).
Have fun planting! More to come; grow, plant babies, grow!
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