START AN HERB GARDEN

HOW TO START AN INDOOR HERB GARDEN FROM SEED

In conjunction with our RT1home Recipe Series we want to encourage you to try growing your own herbs! Growing from seed is not only inexpensive, but a rewarding process that allows you to enjoy year round access to fresh herbs for cooking at home.  Here is 1 simple method to start growing your own herbs using materials you have at home! 

HERB GARDEN

Recipe Series created in partnership with Nutritionist: Natalie Collier 
 

FEATURING RT1home Organic Herb Seeds:

DILLBASIL, & CILANTRO   

 

Time

Prep Time: 10 mins
 

Materials

  • HERB SEEDS of your choice - we are using our organic Dill, Basil, Cilantro
  • POTTING SOIL of your choice - we are our house mix of Organic Soil, Coconut Coir, Perlite, & Chikutan Charcoal
  • CONTAINER(S) - we are using an egg carton
  • LABELS - we are using wooden popsicle sticks
  • PEN - we are using a Sharpie permanent marker 
  • WATER + SPRAY BOTTLE (optional)- we prefer using a spray bottle to prevent over watering

HERB GARDEN MATERIALS

 


Instructions

  1. Add POTTING SOIL to your container - fill approximately 3/4 full
  2. Moisten Soil with water - using spray bottle if available
  3. Add seeds to each container - for smaller seeds such as DILL and BASIL we added 2-3 seeds per egg carton pod. For larger seeds such as CILANTRO you can place 1 seed in the container.
  4. Make sure to evenly SPACE seeds if you are placing more than 1 seed in a container - this will prevent roots from being tangled when they germinate (sprout)
  5. Label each seed with the Herb name and Today's date
  6. Add a layer of soil over your seeds - for smaller seeds a thinner layer of soil is needed, larger seeds need more.
  7. For planting depth - general rule of thumb: the seeds should be covered approximately DOUBLE the size of the seed - for these seeds we added about 1/4" of soil. 
  8. Gently pat down soil to make sure seeds are securely planted
  9. Mist all soil with your spray bottle to make sure all soil is moist.
  10. Place container in a sunny windowsill or under grow lights if you have them!

Step by step video guide is also available on our YouTube


    Further Steps

    • Check your soil everyday and make sure it stays moist (not drenched) and does not dry out completely.  
    • Once seeds start to germinate (sprout) write down the Date of Germination on your label. 
    • AFTER SPROUTING (Germination): If you are keeping your seedlings in a windowsill - make sure they receive at least 6 hours of full sun per day.  
    • After your seedlings get their "true" leaves (2nd set of leaves) you are safe to separate and transplant them to a larger container if needed.  
    • We will cover transplanting and common seedling issues in Indoor Herb Gardening PART 2 (COMING SOON)

     HERB GARDEN


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