Indoor herb gardens can be great and a lot of people swear by them, but when you think about what kind of herb garden you want this is one of the first questions you face. Should I build an outdoor garden or have a small indoor garden possibly set up as a windowsill herb garden.
Listed below are the pros and cons of having an indoor garden as it compares to an outdoor garden, we assume that you’ve already decided that you want an herb garden for the many joys and healthy benefits that it can bring so we won’t be discussing the pros and cons of having an herb garden, we’ll save that for another article.
Year round growing season – For a lot of us the indoor climate is set just right for us humans which is not a bad climate for plants and this allows for a year round growing season for your Indoor Herb Garden. Annuals will only last a year, but you can start them indoors anytime, even in the dead of winter.
Locality – Having your fresh herbs in your windowsill herb garden just sitting there begging to be used in your latest culinary delight is a huge benefit and adds a spontaneous aspect to your cooking.
Small Spaces – For many who do not have a large yard or any yard at all a simple indoor herb garden is the only possible option, but it’s also a great option for those who don’t have the time or physical ability to work a full outdoor garden.
First Timers – A simple indoor herb garden kit is a great way to start out in the herb gardening hobby. There are a variety of kits to choose from and most come with easy to follow instructions. Starting out indoors is great because you control the weather and therefore you can quickly be successful and gain confidence to move to an outdoor herb garden next time.
Herb Choice – Unfortunately, with an indoor garden due to its size, there are limitations on the herbs you can plant. Obviously with a large greenhouse this limitation goes away but for the average person setting up a kitchen herb garden only allows for about three or four herbs and these tend to be the smaller simpler kind.
Humidity – One main issue indoor gardens run into is having the right amount of humidity for the plants as most houses keep the humidity level at or below 40% and most plants would prefer a humidity level of at least 50%. There are a couple of options for solving this problem, but it is something that should be monitored on a regular basis.
Aromatic Herbs – This falls in-line with the first con in that you typically plant aromatic herbs outdoors so you can enjoy their wonderful scents as its blown around by the wind. Indoors if you plant some aromatic herbs you might quickly find them overpowering as the air is confined and so too is their aroma. For most of these herbs a little goes a long ways.
Accidents – Accidents do happen everywhere, but they tend to happen where life is the most busy and indoors around your kitchen is usually one of the busiest places in your house and sooner or later there will be an accident where one or more of your herbs takes a spill and can be lost for good. Yes, outdoor gardens can be enticing for animals, but a simple fence can fix that. Indoors you are likely to lose a plant once in a while to a simple silly accident. When deciding whether to have an indoor or an outdoor garden its good to look at the pros and cons. Knowing exactly which herbs you wish to grow in your garden and how you plan on using these herbs will also assist you in making your choice. Either way herb gardening is a wonderful hobby that can help add to your healthy lifestyle.