By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
Oh how I love my herbs.
I have made a morning ritual of getting up and enjoying a cup of herbal tea in my herb garden.
The morning smells awaken me without the negative effects of stimulants and is a great way of setting the tone for the day.
But as the growing season comes to a close, my smelling fix is quickly coming to a close.
What to do, what to do about this fixation I have with herbs.
I have tried many techniques to keep my herbs available to me. I have dried them. While the flavors are comparable to fresh in the culinary realm, they do not compare to fresh when it comes to my own aromatherapy.
I have frozen them with olive oil but the same situation applies as above.
The best approach I have found to extend my herbal harvest and meet my aromatherapy needs is through an indoor herbal garden.
An indoor herbal garden can be started from plants purchased at the garden center, plants dug up from the garden space or from seed.
To begin the process, first choose a container that has a drainage hole. Once that is done, clean the container with water and bleach solution and allow to dry.
After that is done, place drainage material in the bottom of the pot and begin to fill with a good quality of potting soil. If using plants, only fill halfway up. If using seed, fill to within a half an inch of the top. Now you can plant according to your propagation method.
To aid in your plant care, one can also add a slow-release fertilizer at this stage. A good choice is a product produced through Winchester Gardens. Their herbal fertilizers are organic and come in both granular form and tablets.
While I like both, I do like the convenience of not having to think about fertilizing my indoor herb garden. In doing so, I prefer to use the tablets in my herb garden.
These tablets are inexpensive and easy to use. Simply push the tabs into the soil after planting the herbs. Small planters will require one to two tablets while those up to a square foot in diameter will require six. Repeat this process every four to six weeks.
So until we blog again, reduce stress and take time to “smell the roses” by creating your own indoor aromatherapy garden. You deserve it.