(PRWEB) April 12, 2012
A Four Seasons Sunroom is a great year-round environment in which to grow those favorite culinary herbs. Its unique CONSERVAGLASS SELECT™ glass formula will prevent the herbs from frazzling in the scorching summer sun as well as protecting them from freezing winter chills. And just imagine what a beautiful backdrop the lush, green windowsill herbs will make, while being tasty too!
So how does a homeowner go about growing an herb garden? Here’s a simple guide to help get started.
1. Choose herbs from the garden center that grow well in containers and are a wonderful seasoning in foods, such as chives, thyme, oregano, basil, parsley, cilantro, sage, tarragon, rosemary and mint.
2. Some herbs work well as a mixed arrangement in the same container, others are better grown in their own pots because they are in danger of crowding out their neighbors. If growing herbs together, they need to be separated into two groups – those that need lots of moisture and those that don’t.
For example, basil and tarragon need a moisture-rich soil while chives, oregano, rosemary and thyme are known as Mediterranean herbs and require less water. Herbs that need their own container include parsley, cilantro, sage, rosemary and mint.
3. Herbs need plenty of drainage so make sure to select pots with holes in the base. Later, arrange the pots in pretty windowsill tubs or planters. Obviously the size of the pot depends on the size of your herb plant, but 10cm – 20cm pots are suitable for most types of herbs. Moisture-loving varieties go well in plastic containers but a terracotta pot will help draw out the excess moisture from the soil of Mediterranean herbs.
4. Fill the pots with equal parts of compost, potting soil and perlite to promote good drainage.
5. Scoop a hole in the mixture and transfer the baby herb plant into the hole, pressing down the soil around the center stem with fingertips.
6. Stand the pots on a tray or inside another container and water thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom. After 10 minutes drain the tray under the pots and the herbs are ready to be arranged in planters on the windowsill of the sunroom, conservatory or patio enclosure.
7. Remember to water the herbs regularly, preferably in the morning so they stay moist throughout the day in the sunny sunroom. If the soil feels dry on top, they need watering! Remember, moisture-loving herbs may need checking more often.
8. Feed herbs with a liquid plant food during periods of active growth. Take care not to overfeed because it can make the plant too leggy and impair the aroma and flavor of the herb.
9. Finally, the more the herbs get used, the more they’ll grow. Snip off leaves from the top of the stem and this will promote bushier growth. Remove dry or dead leaves and stalks because these will be taking up unnecessary energy. Simply ‘compost’ them by pressing them into the soil of the herb container.
Not only will the indoor herb garden thrive inside a sunroom, patio room or conservatory by Four Seasons, but the plants along with the gardener will enjoy the view year-round!