With the advancement in technology, many have started growing their food (herbs, vegetables, fruits) for consumption and many are in the process of doing so. This trend has been picking up with the introduction of indoor kitchen herb garden kits. Those trying hard and relentlessly but failing, ending up disheartened and ready to give up, should consider giving these a try.
One can also try the use of hydroponic, this can be used in conventional methods of farming as well as the organic farming method. So, what is hydroponics? It’s a way to grow the plants without the use of soil. What is used is gravel, water, and at times hydroponic solution (a special chemical solution that helps the plant grow faster and prevents it from catching any kind of fungus or bacteria, also, prevents the need for the use of pesticides or insecticides). One can also be availed with hydroponic equipment such as grow light, polymax buckets, aquaponic systems, and much more. One may also ask why hydroponics? As it enables the consumer to grow their desired plant/herb and it is one of the best ways to grow herbs indoors.
Apart from hydroponics, some suggestions to help grow herbs in the house without much effort.
- Space to Grow Herbs in: Sometimes, indoor mini-farms are expensive and not affordable. In such situations, the use of recycled hollow cans can be made or small pots can be used, have a smart herb garden instead. What should be done is loose soil should be filled, preferably potting mix. Then organic fertilisers should be mixed in the soil and the herbs are ready to plant. If using recycled cans, make holes at the base for water to drain out. Something to keep in mind is to constantly add a little fertilizer every 3 months.
- Knowledge of the Herbs Grown: One assumes that all herbs can be grown in the space and comfort of the house but that is untrue. When cultivating herbs at home one should know what to plant. Not all herbs can be grown at home, but you can grow a few like Chives, mint, parsley, basil, lemongrass, thyme, and coriander. Apart from herbs, fruits can be grown too, such as strawberries, blueberries, mulberry, and all other kinds of berries.
- Amount of Water: It’s said that herbs do not require much water and barely need to be watered once a week. This is completely false. They require water enough to get the soil wet, that is the amount of water a plant requires for photosynthesis. Excess amounts of water are harmful to herbs as it could lead to the death of it due to the roots rotting. Rice is the only known plant that requires excessive amounts of water.
- Adequate Sunlight: Many people are fortunate to have a large terrace garden. But for those who don’t and are growing herbs in a small open space in the house, even though most houses do not receive the high intensity of sunlight and that too for a long period, herbs grown in the house need to be fed the kind of sunlight it would get otherwise in an open field. How can the consumer achieve this? Go for the best indoor herb garden kits that come with artificial lights.