The Secret to Growing A Healthy Herb Garden
At first, I thought growing herbs indoor would be easy. I mean, I’d seen makeover shows and seen magazine spreads of all these beautiful fragrant indoor herb gardens. And then I uttered those words that will make a reluctant student out of you real quick…how hard could it be?
This wall had been empty since we moved in. I hung the AFAO wall art but the space still felt empty. So, I came up with the idea to install a wall herb garden. I went to a nearby big-box retailer, bought the beautiful wire baskets. Went around the corner to another big-box retailer and bought the pots and plants. I used Gorilla Hook picture frame hangers to hang my baskets and plants and the space felt complete!
Adding the wall garden made the room feel cozy, definitely more homely and I loved it.
The herbs, however, did not.
Every herb you see in the photo above died.
Every single last one of them.
I didn’t overwater.
I used really good soil.
So I was baffled.
The setting sun lit the room beautifully in the evenings so I was really baffled.
I thought my days of committing herbicide were over!
So what happened?
Well, apparently the wall where I decided to install my herb garden is considered a shady spot. (I’d never noticed this before.)
And get this, the herbs I planted, needed sun.
Lots of sun.
Unless you’re putting your herbs directly in a window with lots of light, you too may commit herbicide.
Not to be defeated, I replanted some basil and stuck it outside where it could get lots of sun.
Lots of healthy basil.
So the key to a successful herb garden is to yes, make sure you have good soil and drainage and water properly. But also, give them the appropriate amount of sunlight.