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Old 03-19-2013, 10:40 PM   #1
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Please tell me how to grow an herb garden...

I tried last year. I bought 4 or 5 plants and put them in a planter in my windowsill and they did terrible ! Not sure if they should have been outside or inside. Maybe I over-watered them ?

Anyone have any luck growing their own ? I would appreciate some tips ! I bought more today
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:55 PM   #2
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indoor herbs are NOT as easy as articles imply. unless you have a LOT of sun on that windowsill and plant the right things, you will not be happy with them. outdoors is better, again, with sun.

the woody plants like rosemary last a long time and tend to be pretty hard to kill. I put thyme and sage in this category, oregano, lavender. do not over water them.

the soft plants like parsley and basil need a lot more water and can die from various fungus attacks and things much more easily. even given the best circumstances, they are not very long lived and if you get them going early in the season might not last all the way through fall. my problem with these is that you generally want a LOT of parsley or basil or cilantro, compared to, say, sage. clipping off a couple of leaves of the woody plants is very practical, but for me, I end up finding it cheaper to just buy things like cilantro in the store. I usually grow several big pots of basil, but don't bother with parsley and cilantro.

but it's fun if they live, so give it a go.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:02 PM   #3
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I have aerogardens that I grow them in. you can google it. It's a hydroponic growing system and once you plant the seeds, you don't have to do anything but keep the container with water filled. Check Craigslist if you're interested, I've bought most of mine
there for about $30!

BTW, you plant seeds, not plants & woody plants like lavender and rosemary don't grow well in them, but you can have an abundance of different basils and other herbs and it also grows spring mix lettuce very well. Enough to keep you supplied through the summer. Then you just grow another batch!
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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I have good luck with large pots outside set out round a tree. They seem to need a lot of room for their roots to spread out and plenty of fresh air and sunshine. But they don't seem to like sitting in direct sunlight and they need a good fertilizer.

Of course the winters here are very mild and it never gets cold enough to kill the plants so I'm not sure that would work for everyone.
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Interesting thread.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:54 PM   #6
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Well, thanks for all the information ! Chicken Lady, I live in South Texas too..... winter ?? What is that ??

I plan to put them in my planter today - it's beautiful outside and I will use miracle grow soil..... We get lots of direct sun.. will look for a spot that gets shade part of the day.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:09 PM   #7
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I have many herbs that I grow. In TX you should proably have some shade. I lived in Vegas for many years and I use to shade a lot of crops.

Do you know which direction your pots are sitting in ? Direstion means north , south , east or west. The best is south. Esat is morning sun good for herbs.

I have a big garden in WA. I planted my starts for tomatos , leeks , lettuce and others. I have rosemary, mints , etc.
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