So you want to start a herb garden, eh? Well, you are in the right place, my friend!
I actually made a cute little PDF for you all for the basic care and requirements your favorite herbs need to thrive! It’s totally free for all of my readers so go download it and happy growing![edd_free_download download_id=”333″][/edd_free_download]
benefits of growing your own herbs?
- Well, first of all, you will save a tremendous amount of money in the long run, because (from just a quick google search), Walmart sells their fresh herbs ranging between $2-$5 each, and if you’re growing your own, then you have an endless supply of your own!
- Plus don’t forget that plants are just gorgeous and growing them indoors has benefits all by itself; cleaner air, reduces air-born dust, reduces carbon-dioxide levels, and more!
- Always have ready and fresh herbs to put on your meals!
- Growing them yourself puts you in charge of how they’re grown, which means that you can control the fertilizer that’s put in, the pesticides used, and overall care!
so, just how easy is growing herbs with the water jar method?
Well I’m glad you asked, I actually did a test study of this beforehand to see just for myself how practical it is to start a herb garden with this method.
Literally all you need to start is some mason jars (just because they’re transparent) that you can watch the roots grow beneath the water.
Like I said, simple and very efficient for home gardening.
Here’s a quick list of many of the different herbs you can grow using this method:
- Lemon Grass
- Lemon Balm
Repeat this method each time your original stems grow large enough, then snip and replace again and again, and it will begin looking like this:
You can expect to have large enough stems to snip and replant every 2-3 weeks on average. (disclaimer: not all herbs grow the same, so be educated and look up proper care sheets for specific herbs!)
This method also gives you the perfect opportunity to start a little aquaponics garden!
But for the purpose of this article I’m not going to delve into aquaponics much.
If you’re only using the water jar method to eventually start a full herb garden in soil and pots, then you’ll need to keep on the lookout for growing roots in the herb jars.
It’s important to not be too impulsive, because the moment you see the first root grow, you will be super excited and want to transplant it immediately, but let me tell you this, 1 root is not enough for a very productive growth.
You will want to transplant them when the jar is covered in roots down under, I’m talking like maybe 20-30 solid roots knotted down under, that’s when you know it’ll be a good time to transplant them into their forever home.
Personally, this is what I strive for before I transplant my own herbs.
You will have much better results and they will grow much quicker and healthier once they’re in the soil because they have a very solid structure to come from at that point.
Herbs are also a great plant for beginners to grow! Once planted they flourish and take over your garden. One herb specifically to watch out for when planting it with others, is Peppermint.
They are extremely invasive plants and if planted with a group of other plants, they will spread and may overcome the others and get in the way of their growth as well, so if you want to plant them with another group of plants, here’s my suggestion:
Get a decent sized pot and fill it with soil and plant your peppermint in that first, then dig a hole in the garden area you want the peppermint to be in and plant the entire pot in there, that way the pot contains the roots and spread of the herb from taking over your garden.
Be sure the pot you use doesn’t have cracks of holes in it too! Their roots grow fiercely will spread quickly, trust me.
Keep up with their basic care, and like all herbs, trim them regularly so they grow properly and continuously throughout their life!
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Until next time,
the pastel dwelling team
Just a boy with a passion for helping people with their houseplant and gardening ventures.