Growing Herbs from Seed
May 5, 2010 § 1 Comment
During the fall, I discovered How Not to Grow Herbs. Armed with that earned knowledge, I decided to give growing herbs from seed a try. Being realistic, I decided to focus on basil and chives. No parsley this time because I can count on one finger the number of times I’ve used parsley while cooking. I’m happy to report that I’ve had much better success this time around. Here’s what made a difference:
- Since my lovely Ikea pots still don’t have drainage holes, I’ve been carefully monitoring the moisture level of the pots to prevent over watering. Allow the top 1/2 – 1 inch of soil to dry out before water. How, do I tell if the soil if the soil dry enough? Just insert finger the pot, away from the seedlings, of course.
- Control the light. My desk lamp has been doubling as a growing light for the last few weeks. It’s adjustable, so the light can been placed close to the seedings. As an added bonus, the regular light created a nice warm environment that the basil seemed to especially love.
- Don’t give up too soon. One day I was complaining to my husband that my basil still only had its cotyledon leaves, and the next I saw the beginning of real leaves.
It’s exciting to have a success that was a direct result of changing tactics- no special equipment or huge expenditures required.