Grow Herbs on Your Balcony

Grow Herbs on Your Balcony

It’s easy and fun to grow herbs in a small space like a patio or balcony. When you grow herbs, remember that for the most part they are very hardy plant species and tend to grow where the conditions are pretty rough. They will do just fine in your vegetable garden, especially in between your other plantings, but they also grow well in less favorable settings. These are ideal plants for small spaces and also for raising in containers.

Grow Herbs You Enjoy In Your Cooking

First you need to decide which herbs you’d like to grow. Think about what herbs you like to use in your cooking. You can just grow them for their visual appeal, but why not get the most out of your efforts and be able to include garden fresh herbs in your cooking, too. Of course, some will die back during the winter if you leave them outside. Just remember to put a tag where they were growing so you’ll remember what was planted there next season.

Always Grow Herbs in the Proper Container

If you’re planting in small pots, choose terra cotta because it dries quickly and allows your plants to grow without getting overly wet. Herbs can tolerate having their soil dried out much better than being too soggy. If you decide to grow mint, remember to containerize it within the pot or bed, otherwise it will take over the area it’s planted in. With a minimum of effort, anyone can easily grow herbs almost anywhere.

How To Grow Rosemary Almost Anywhere

You Can Easily Grow Herbs Like Rosemary

If you’re going to grow herbs, then by all means grow Rosemary. It’s an herb that makes a welcome addition to any garden. It tends to do bestgrow rosemary in dry, very sunny locations. This micro climate is very much where you find it growing in its native Mediterranean habitat. Rosemary can be started from seed, but it tends to be difficult to germinate easily. It’s best to buy an established plant from your local nursery. You can also propagate it from a cutting taken off of a mature and well established plant. Begin by cutting off about a 2 inch sprig from an end branch of a mature plant. Remove the leaves from the bottom inch and place the stem portion of the cutting into a solution of water with rooting hormone. Next, place the stem into a container of well watered but drained seed starting mix that is sterile (buy it this way). Place your container in a warm location where it will get only indirect sunlight. Make sure to mist the cutting daily and keep the soil from drying out. Once your cutting has developed some roots in 2 – 3 weeks and has grown about double in length, trim off about 3/4 to 1 inch from the end. This will encourage your cutting to start developing branches.

Rosemary Can Grow Well Indoors

You can very easily grow Rosemary very well by providing about 6 – 8 hours of direct sun each day, adequate drainage of the soil, and good aeration around the plant. While it’s not a heavy feeder, put in some fish or kelp emulsion in the spring to get it off to a good start each season. Take your plants indoors in a container if the outside temperature gets below 30 degrees F in your area in the winter months. It’ll grow fine indoors, but if the indoor air humidity is too high or there’s not enough air circulation, it might get powdery mildew, a fungal infection. Let your soil dry out between each watering to help prevent this. It’s also a good idea to spray your Rosemary plant with insecticidal soap before bringing it inside to help kill off any aphids or spider mites that might want to come in for the winter too. To learn to grow herbs, particularly Rosemary, is not that difficult to do. Watch this informative video for some more information and to learn all about how to grow herbs like Rosemary.