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3 Simple Hacks for Creating a DIY Herb Garden

herbs in a container garden

Herbs are a great way to add flavor to your summer meals, but regularly buying fresh herbs at the supermarket is expensive and their shelf life in the fridge is limited.

Save money and time by creating a windowsill herb garden where you can easily access your herbs as you need them. It’s not as hard as you might think and requires little maintenance.

Here are some tips to get you started.

Pick the Right Spot

For herbs to thrive, they need at least 4 hours of strong sunlight per day. A kitchen windowsill is a great place to grow your herbs. They’ll be nearby when you’re cooking, and you’re more likely to remember to water them once a week. You could also grow your herbs outside on a porch or balcony.

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Find the Right Containers

Herbs will grow in just about any container, but to encourage growth, you should repot them from the small containers they came in from the store into something larger.

Use pretty ceramic planters, especially if you want your herb garden to add a decorative element to your kitchen. Baskets, metal tubs and small wooden herb wheels are great options. If you’re short on counter space, consider hanging baskets or even make your own vertical herb garden from aluminum cans.

Study Up on Soil and Water

Herbs are very forgiving plants to grow, as most don’t require a special type of soil. Potting soil, topsoil or even some soil from your yard will suffice. Since herbs tend to prefer drier environments, the soil must drain well, so make sure your containers have holes in the bottom. Most herbs require only about an inch of water per week, while thyme and sage can get by with less.

Do you grow your own herbs? Leave us some tips by commenting below!

Chelsea Adams

Chelsea Adams

A former newspaper journalist, Chelsea Adams is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness and lifestyles topics. A native Tennessean, she makes her home in Kansas with her husband and two daughters. Learn more about her transition from the mountains to the prairie at http://wichitawesome.blogspot.com.

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Chelsea Adams

A former newspaper journalist, Chelsea Adams is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness and lifestyles topics. A native Tennessean, she makes her home in Kansas with her husband and two daughters. Learn more about her transition from the mountains to the prairie at http://wichitawesome.blogspot.com.

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