herbs to grow in your garden
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lk5fxgxjro5lk5fxgxjro i know what you're thinking: these herbs goin the garden. uh uh, i'm taking them in the house. i received a comment from one of myehow home subscribers -- it's all about herbs. this guy's interested in continuing gardening,but he's moving into an apartment. his name is justin givanno, and he's really interestedin taking some herbs along with him -- i think
herbs to grow in your garden, it's a great idea. you know, they can lookwonderful in a kitchen, but, you know, the key is light. the varieties that i find thatwork well for me include parsley, various kinds of mint, rosemary, as well as chivesand thyme. those that really love a lot of sun, like basil, not so good. but keepingwith this idea of light, what you wanna do
is you wanna make sure that the herbs getat least 6 hours of sunlight, and the closer to a window the better. this window faceseast, so they get plenty of morning light. and this window has proven to be a good placefor me to move some of my herbs. and even though i might have them here more in thecenter of the room, i can rotate them and get them in more light about every three orfour days. also, if you have a balcony or fire escape associated with your apartment,you can move them into more light and then bring them back into the kitchen. okay, nowlet's talk about feeding. i like to use an all purpose liquid fertilizer. and since i'meating these herbs or using these herbs to flavor my food, i wanna use an organic. ifertilizer them about every two weeks with
a dilute solution -- you don't wanna overfertilizer herbs, because you want them to really create a lot of those essential oils.that's what gives them their flavor. okay, so, justin, if you're starting with smallplants, let's step out to the potting shed, and i'll show you how to pot one up. so whatyou wanna start with is a soil that is blended for container gardening. what i'm gonna dois i'm gonna fill this up in a container, just a terra cotta container. you can useanything you want. i like the terra cotta -- it's simple and classic. but if you'regonna set this in a window sill, just remember, that clay saucer is going to absorb a lotof moisture and it will actually make the paint peel. so you might wanna use a clearsaucer, so you can get that transference of
moisture through there. then the herb of yourchoice. and then what i do is just take that lip of peat moss --the peat cup or the peatpot-- take that off like this. and then i break up the peat moss cup, just a littlebit like this. and then i find a home for it and just snuggle it in. you wanna makesure that none of that peat pot edge sticks up like this, because through a wicking effect,air blowing over this, it'll cause the herb
to dry. now it's all planted -- it's as easyas that. justin givanno, good luck with your new apartment, and i hope grow lots of herbsin it. so if you have a comment, like justin had, let me know. i'll do my best to answerit and help you out. and make sure you subscribe to ehow home. okay, you ready to go in thekitchen?