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Embrace Greenery And Fresh Flavors With An Indoor Herb Garden This Winter

 

 

The cold winds of winter may have ended your outdoor gardening adventures. But you don’t need to bid adieu to your beloved green thumb. This fall and winter, why not embark on an exciting journey into indoor herb gardening?

With the right conditions, a windowsill herb garden can be a delightful and rewarding experience, requiring minimal time and effort. All you need is a sunny spot, and you’ll have the opportunity to cultivate an herb garden that provides fresh flavors to enhance your meals throughout the chilly months.

Let’s delve into the basics of creating and nurturing an indoor herb garden, so you can enjoy a thriving mini-Eden in your home.

  • Light

Herbs thrive on light, so one of the critical factors for success in indoor herb gardening is providing the right amount of sunlight.

To ensure the best possible growth, position your herb plants in a spot where they will receive full and direct sunlight for at least six hours each day. This requirement is vital for their photosynthesis and overall health.

  • Watering

Proper watering is crucial in maintaining the well-being of your indoor herbs. Most herbs prefer soil that is consistently moist but well-drained to prevent root rot. Be cautious about watering your container herbs appropriately, which can lead to this undesirable condition. To avoid such issues, use containers with adequate drainage holes and always check the soil’s moisture level before watering. When you do water, remember to apply it at the base of the Plant rather than on top to prevent waterlogging.

  • Containers

The choice of containers can significantly impact the success of your indoor herb garden.  Different types of containers have unique characteristics that you should be aware of. Clay pots, for example, promote excellent air circulation around the roots, but they tend to dry out faster and may require more frequent watering. In contrast, glazed ceramic pots have a more limited air circulation but are excellent at retaining moisture. Understanding the properties of your chosen container will help you manage your watering schedule effectively.

Herbs to Consider

Now that you have the basic principles in mind, let’s explore some herb varieties that are well-suited for indoor gardening:

  • Chives

Chives are perfect candidates for container gardening, and they can be easily moved between indoor and outdoor settings with the changing seasons. To ensure their well-being, make sure the soil is not consistently wet. When harvesting, always pick the leaves from the outer part of the plant to encourage continuous growth.

  • Dill

Dill is often best started from seeds because it doesn’t transplant well. As your dill plants mature, thin the seedlings to prevent overcrowding. This will help each plant develop more effectively.

  • Parsley

Parsley is another herb that thrives when grown indoors. To prolong its growth, harvest small amounts at a time and trim back any flowers as soon as they appear. Remember that parsley leaves lose their flavor after the plant has bloomed.

  • Cilantro

If you have a spacious window box for growing herbs, consider planting dill, cilantro and parsley together, as they share similar water requirements. This approach makes it easier to manage their care. When spring arrives, you can continue growing them in Containers or transplant them into your outdoor garden.

In conclusion

The winter season doesn’t have to mean the end of your gardening endeavors. With proper care and attention, you can nurture a thriving indoor herb garden that not only adds a touch of greenery to your home but also provides a fresh and flavorful addition to your culinary creations. So, why wait? Get started on your indoor herb garden journey today, and let the aroma and taste of fresh herbs enrich your winter days.

 

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Ergonomic gardening

Ergonomic gardening tips

Gardening and landscape care can be a healthy hobby that helps us get outdoors and moving around. But proper form is important to avoid discomfort or injury.

Vary activities and tasks frequently and include rest periods in between to help reduce the strain from repetitive motions. If hands start to tingle or the wrist and fingers hurt or feel numb, this is a signal to take a break and switch to a different task.

Monitor positions and posture while gardening. Orienting the body incorrectly or uncomfortably even for just a moment can lead to pain and injury. For example, lift with the legs instead of the back.

Chose ergonomic tools. Small hand tools such as cultivators, weeding devices and pruners and even larger implements come in an assortment of ergonomic models. There are also tools for left-handed people and special tools developed for people with arthritis.

Simple tips to keep your hands more comfortable and pain-free during the season ahead:

  • During cooler periods such as early spring, garden during the warmest time of the day as cooler temps can impact movement and aggravate carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Use wrist supports to keep the wrist in a neutral or immobilized position.
  • Avoid pushing with the thumb whenever possible.
  • Avoid pounding or pushing with your hands.
  • Use a full grip when you pick up and move tools, containers and other materials instead of pinching and lifting them with your fingers.

Rely on a drip irrigation system to water the garden and a sprinkler system throughout your landscape to water the lawn and other plants. This relieves you of the chore of grabbing onto and dragging hoses around the yard and attaching/un-attaching the sprinklers. The time saved on watering alone will give you more time to relax. Your muscles and joints will appreciate the break in the action to recover from those gardening tasks you absolutely need to do.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Children Benefit from Gardening

Children benefit from gardening

 

  • Children who grow their own vegetables are five times more likely to eat them, according to a 2015 study. Whether it’s at school or at home, gardening can benefit their health and wellbeing in many ways.
  • Consider involving your children in planning your garden, and garden alongside them when it’s time to plant. A 2005 study found that elementary school children who participated in gardening activities scored much better on science achievement exams compared to those who did not do any gardening activities. Those who worked in the garden with their parents were more likely to eat more vegetables as they grow older.
  • Let them select veggies, herbs, and flowers they would like to grow. Get them involved early in the process to increase their investment and help them learn. Planning a garden can help them practice math skills and expose them to the science of plants.
  • Teach them the value of veggies. At harvest time, weigh some of your harvests and write down how many pounds of zucchini, tomatoes, or other vegetables your young gardener has grown. Then go to the grocery store or grocery store app, find the current price of these items and help them do the math. Turn a math exercise into a source of pride knowing they’ve grown $5 in green beans.
  • Gardening connects us with Mother Nature, influences environmental stewardship, and is an ongoing lesson in a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition. Plus, children who spend time in green settings have improved creativity, imagination, cognitive function, and intellect.
  • In the remaining winter days, plan your garden and if you have children at home invite them to join you. You will all reap the benefits this summer and onward.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

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