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DIY Earth Day Herb Gardens

admin - Friday, March 31, 2017

DIY Herb Gardens

Growing an indoor herb garden is easy and has all the same benefits offered by an outdoor garden, but without the intense upkeep. Many small varieties of herbs, such as lavender, geranium, thyme, rosemary, aloe, sage, and lemon verbena actually survive better indoors than outdoors!

Finding an Herb for You

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2017, we’re providing herb seedlings to all interested residents. We’ll be passing out seedlings on the following days:

  • Wednesday April 19th @ City View Apartments
  • Thursday April 20th @ Carson Street Commons
  • Tuesday April 25th @ Park View Apartments

So, what do you do with your herb seedling? Herb seedlings need good potting soil and a container. Your seedling will come in a small container, but in order to reap the benefits of using the herb in recipes or homemade tea, it will take some easy gardening so it can grow and thrive.

You don’t need to purchase expensive containers or top soil and fertilizers that will break the bank. In fact, there are many containers that are probably sitting in your recycle bin (or trash can) that you can repurpose.

DIY Herb Gardens

Like we said, replanting your herb does not have to break the bank. Here are some of our favorite containers that we bet you can find in your apartment already!

All you have to do is carefully remove your seedling and soil and add it to your new container, like these one below. You may need to purchase and add more top soil.

A Mason Jar

Mason Jar

A Tea Cup

Tea Cup

A Can

Can

Your Thriving Herb Garden

Now that your DIY garden is complete, then next step is where to locate it in your apartment.

Herbs thrive well on windowsills with eastern and southern lighting. If your herb has adequate natural lighting, they will not need additional lamplight or special lighting. However, if you don’t want your herb garden on your windowsill, or are afraid that your curious cat or dog will knock it over and make a mess, you will need to find an alternate lighting source – like a fluorescent light.

So, how often do you need to tend to your garden? Plants need proper watering to grow and thrive. But overwatering is harmful. One sign of overwatering is yellowing leaves. A major key to taking care of your garden is to maintain moist soil, but not soil with puddles.

Watching Your Herb Grow

Take photos of your herb as it grows and share it on our Instagram (@FarosResidential) or Facebook (@parkviewpgh, @cityviewpgh, @carsonstreetapts).