Tips to Start an Herb Garden in Your Balcony
An herb garden can be quite resourceful and also add aesthetic appeal to your balcony. Being home-grown means organic and free from harmful chemicals. Best of all it’s FRESH, you only pluck and use as required, so no wastage either!
Certain Indian herbs like coriander and mint are the easiest ones to start off with as they require minimum effort. Coriander and mint can be freshly bought from the market and directly planted in soil (doing so with seeds takes time while this is an instant hack).
Here are some quick tips to help you create your own herb garden –
- Getting Started
Firstly, you’ll need to get planters in the right sizes, not too big (small to medium size planters would work just fine). Instead of getting all in the same colour and shape can create a bland look, we suggest you choose a mix of different colours, textures and shapes of planters. Don’t forget you need planters with drainage to remove excess water.
Secondly, the most important thing is choosing the right area to place your planters which receives adequate sunlight. Some herbs require little to no sunlight, arrange them keeping the same in mind.
- Use High Quality Potting Soil
Mix cocopeat and vermicompost and transfer it to the planters (don’t worry you can buy these right off Amazon or at a local nursery). Keep the soil moist for easier work through and ensure that each planter is filled more than half of its size.
- Pre-Sprouting the Seeds
Pre-sprouting the seeds helps you differentiate between the dead seeds and live ones. Use 3-4 seeds while doing this step as not all of them would sprout.
The process is quite simple – Enclose the seeds in a damp tissue paper and keep it in a dark place, ensuring the tissue is kept moist throughout. Sprouting could take 2-3 days so keep a close eye on the seeds.
- Planting the Sprouted Seeds
Now that you have pre-sprouted the seeds, you can plant these into the soil. Place them not more than an inch into the soil, keeping the sprouted end facing up. Be sure to not put more than one seed in a planter as your plants need adequate room to grow.
- Watering & Caring
While watering, we suggest that you use a spray bottle for optimal use and to avoid over watering.
Inspect your herbs regularly for pests. In case one of your plants does get infested, move the plant away to keep the pests from multiplying. You don’t want to keep a plant that is infested because treating a plant with insecticides can be quite tricking and you want to be using these herbs for cooking so it’s better to keep off insecticides.