HERBS CARE GUIDE
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Most herbs grow best in full sunlight, so plant them next to your brightest window. Six hours of direct sun is the minimum requirement, but more light is even better for their growth. Ample light will enhance the flavors, but there are shade-tolerant herbs too, like mint, parsley, and chives.
Let the pots dry out to about two inches from the top between waterings. A little dryness towards the top layers of the soil is good for your herb plants since it encourages stronger and deeper roots. Water the herbs slowly and deeply so that the soil gets plenty of time to absorb the moisture rather than draining it all out through the drainage holes.
Indoor herbs grow best with a little extra humidity since the indoor environment can be too dry. Mist the plants once a week or place them over a tray with pebbles, filled with water to raise the moisture in surrounding air.
Most herbs grow best in temperatures between 65°F and 75°F. Protect them from cold drafts, especially during the colder months. Draftproof the windows or move them to a warmer spot.
One may think that all herbs are safe for pets since they’re edible for humans. However, that’s not always the case. Mint (in large amounts), chives, scallions, chamomile, and oregano are toxic to cats and dogs.
Fertilize each week with a diluted solution of seaweed extract or fish emulsion to encourage leafy growth. Harvest regularly, but only a little at a time, to promote new growth. Avoid cutting out more than a quarter of the plant since it can result in distress.