5 common mistakes to avoid to keep your herb garden alive and thriving

There is nothing like fresh herbs on a dish to liven up the meal and add that extra accent of flavor. Growing herbs indoors is a great way to introduce yourself to nature and give your meals that fresh garden vibe.

If you’ve ever thought about growing herbs but never been brave enough, you’ve come to the right place! Here are five common mistakes beginners make and how to avoid them.

1. Getting too fat too fast

If you’ve never grown up indoor herb garden before, it is important to start small. This means not buying seeds or seedlings of all the herbs you can think of.

Start with an herb. Basil is a great herb for beginners because it is a very common herb used in a multitude of recipes. It’s easy to dry out and if you forget to water it on time, it won’t hold you back.

Once you feel comfortable taking care of one herb, you can add another to your indoor garden (we recommend chives as another good beginner’s herb).

2. Provide the wrong amount of light

Another common mistake when growing an indoor herb garden is not reading the information card about your weed. Some herbs need full sun, but there are other herbs that grow in shade. You could burn or starve your small plants by putting them in the wrong place.

3. Too much or not enough water

Because they are potted and kept away from extreme temperatures, houseplants can go without water longer than outdoor plants. Too much water (especially with nowhere to drain) can lead to root rot, but if you don’t water your grass enough it will wither and die.

These tragedies can easily be avoided by checking your weed’s fact sheet to see how often it recommends watering. Set a schedule on your phone to remind you if you’re worried about forgetting.

4. Harvest the bad leaves

You might think that when it comes time to use your weed, you should go for the ripe, larger leaves, but you actually want to pluck the new leaves. These established leaves are like the arteries of the plant and do the best job of keeping the plant nourished.

5. Do not prune

While it may seem counterintuitive to cut off new growth from your plant, the key to growing herbs (and most plants) is good size. When done correctly, pruning promotes growth and maximizes the plant’s ability to absorb sunlight and nutrients.

By the time your weed is flowering, all of the plant’s resources have changed priority. It will no longer produce tasty leaves but will focus on pollination and reproduction. This changes the quality of the herbs and can make them tasteless or bitter. To avoid this, prune the buds as soon as you see them.

Growing herbs doesn’t have to be difficult

Now that you know the most common mistakes when growing herbs, there is nothing to worry about. You can start your indoor herb garden and start a new chapter in your culinary prowess.

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Terri S. Tomasini