April 2021 Issue
Let the Sprouting Begin!
The birds are chirping, and spring is definitely in the air, so it is time to start prepping your garden.
Growing fresh herbs is a great way to experience gardening if you have little outdoor space or want to experiment before committing to a full garden. Herbs are easy to love because they add flavor to foods—and a lovely scent to the kitchen!
Even just a few pots of herbs indoors can supply you with wonderful flavors at your fingertips year-round. All you need is a sunny windowsill or grow lights.
If you’ve been putting off indoor gardening because you weren’t sure how to start, we have the solution with our hydroponic grow jars. Fresh herbs will be at your fingertips in no time!
As your herbs grow, they may eventually outgrow their garden jars. Some signs it’s time to transplant include roots growing out of drainage holes, stalled growth, or a plant that leans or flops over. Many types of herbs are started indoors and moved outdoors when weather permits, so it’s the perfect time to begin, as your grow kits will start to sprout in 7-10 days and if you choose to move them outdoors the prime weekend is the long weekend in May. Herbs can be transplanted into larger pots or gardens or feel free to kept them indoors and easily accessible!
Remember that herbs are sun worshippers which thrive in the Mediterranean, so they need a lot of light. You’ll need to provide your herbs with at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. If you don’t have a window with enough sun, you can supplement with a speciality grow light or even a regular shop-type light outfitted with a 40-watt fluorescent bulb.
South-facing windows are usually warmer and good choices for rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano. Parsley will thrive in east and west-facing windows, as they prefer not to get baked in the sun.
It is important to harvest regularly, without overdoing it. Clip or pinch off a few sprigs at a time, just make sure to avoid removing more than a quarter of the plant. Regular cutbacks can bring new growth.
Feel free to pop into the shop or you can view our urban garden section online. We have a great selection of garden grow jars, seed poppers, and guess what... we even have greeting cards that will sprout!
Let the sprouting begin!!!