No matter where you live, you can have your own herb garden and reap the many benefits of being an herb gardener. When I got my first apartment, one of the first things I did was begin herb gardening in pots, such as basil, oregano, and parsley.
I also added some herb plants inside my apartment. Huddled around the only southern facing window in the location were a number of other little herb plants like lemongrass and lavender, which smelled great together, and to those, I added my outdoor herbs when winter came.
In a later apartment in the city, I had almost no natural light because what little I could have had was blocked by an iron grate that covered the whole opening. I constructed my own flower bed to hang on outside the grating, using chicken wire and a lot of materials that allowed the right amount of drainage. Then I added a mixture of herbs and hanging vines. It looked fantastic but needed to be watered all the time.
You can enjoy the same successes that I have experienced if you take some of the basic principals to herb gardening and apply them to your apartment or living space.
Think about your room to determine where you could cultivate your herb plants’do you have a stoop, front porch, balcony, deck, window or anywhere else that you could put your herbs? All you need is plenty of room for a container or two. Did you know that a number of herb plants can grow in small spaces? For example, you can raise chives for your next baked potato in a pot about the size of an espresso cup provided it has enough drainage.
Check out the lighting to see what can work. The right amount of lighting is essential to your plants’ growth. Not enough natural light or the wrong type and you will have some pretty pathetic plants. In an apartment I had in the city many years ago I had 2 windows in the whole place: one faced east, which meant that it got the full morning sun, but nothing else and the other, a tiny window in the bathroom faced south which is the best way to face’and that one became my herb garden window. I actually believe it worked out quite well because the herbs really seemed to benefit from the moisture and steam in the bathroom.
Now that you know where you are going to start your herb garden and you’ve determined what kind of light you will have, such as the quality, type and amount of light you’ll have, you are ready to start selecting your herb. There are so many herb plants to choose from. Do not get overwhelmed. What you buy can depend on how you plan to use your herbs. Do you want herbs for the aroma, for medicinal purposes, for cooking or for use in cosmetics or maybe you just want something pretty to look at? For just about any need you have, there is an herb out there with your name on it. Start by flipping through a book on herb gardening and focus on herb plants that have the sunshine needs that your space can respond to. Before you know it, you will be ready to go!
Good luck with your herb gardening. Be sure to let me know how your herb garden grows.