7 Tips to growing a lush indoor vertical herb garden

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Surround yourself with greenery sans a yard with these tips

Gardening is a great way to spruce up a home. Back in the day, you needed a lawn or a yard to test your green thumb. But these days, you can get pretty resourceful. All you really need is a blank wall and some tools to build your own garden at home. An indoor vertical herb garden, for instance, is a great idea if you want lush surroundings despite having limited space.

Not only does an herb garden help to liven up a home with greenery, it can also be pretty useful if you're fond of whipping up dishes that make use of herbs.

Here's how to get started.

Want To Growing Your Own Indoor Vertical Herb Garden? Remember These Tips

1. Choose a sturdy trellis

A trellis is a framework usually made of intersecting pieces of wood or metal. This is typically used to manage climbing plants or vines as well as fruit trees.

However, it can also be used to support a growing indoor vertical herb garden. It doesn't really matter what material you choose, as long as you know how to properly secure it to a wall.

2. Pick the herbs you will need

If you're fond of Asian cuisine, there are some common herbs you might like to start off with. Some of the most common are Thai basil, lemongrass, curry leaves, and coriander.

3. Choose your hanging strategy

For hanging your plants, you can purchase s-hooks or pot hangers. Just make sure it's large and secure enough to hold potted plants.

Since we're getting creative, you can also do away with the trellis and make your own. We've got some ideas. For do-it-yourself hanging planter projects, check this article out.

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4. Get the right tools

To get your garden started, you will need a trowel, gloves, potting soil as well as containers. A good size would be about 6 to 8-inch plastic pots.

You can also make mini planters out of repurposed materials.

5. Know your plant's needs

Knowing your plant's needs helps you better care for them.

Herbs like cilantro, which is an herb used in many Asian dishes, need lots of sun to grow and flourish. Vietnamese mint needs to warm and damp soil to growing. Knowing each herb's needs helps you care for them. Ginger, on the other hand, can't be exposed to a lot of bright light. It's also important to keep ginger moist, but not to overwater them.

6. Make use of your herbs

Of course, an indoor vertical herb garden should not just be merely decorative. They should serve their purpose well. Whip up some delicious recipes using your herbs.

You can use curry leaves as a garnish for salted egg recipes. Or you can make use of lemongrass to add flavour to comforting broth recipes, like mee soto.

7. Maintain your garden

Of course, no garden can thrive without some TLC. Make sure you water your plants, to give them all the warmth and light that they need to thrive. Keep them away from pests, using natural ingredients, and fertilise them to make them healthier.

Remember that plants in small pots tend to dry out pretty quickly so check them regularly using your fingers. Dig into the soil a bit to make sure it's still damp and moist. If they're dry, then it's time to water them.

Want to grow your own indoor vertical herb garden? Make it better with these tips!

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