Friday, December 5, 2014

Herbs and Foods you can Grow INDOORS

Potted Tomatoes

The interested Survivalist will often start small in their quest for more control of their life and lifestyle.

One popular way to start small is for the Beginner to grow certain of their Herbs and some plants indoors.

Whether you live in an apartment or a home, there is always room for a few well-placed pots that can contain nutritious and healthy food items.
Doing this is not only a good way to save money it also gives you small amounts of these foods year-round.

To be successful growing foods indoors you only need a few items and you are on your way to a better eating experience. Go to a few of your local Garden supply stores and talk to one of their gardening “experts”to get the appropriate Planting Supplies you will need.

Basic Planting Needs

Unless you are looking to grow something exotic, they will tell you that you need the following to get started:

  1. A Terra Cotta pot and water plate to set it on. I recommend a 1-2 gallon pot depending on the expected size of the plant. 
  2. A watertight plastic or metal tray to set the pots on to avoid spills and stains.
  3. A bag of gravel or rocks. The rocks should be around 1-inch in diameter. 
  4. One or more bags of potting soil depending on how many plants you are going to start.
  5. Grow lights if your plants cannot be kept near a window with access to sunlight.
  6. A small bag of fertilizer, Organic or a Natural Fertilizer if not Organic.
  7. A selection of your favorite herbs or food plants to grow. Get the advice of your local “expert” on planting them properly.

Start your Indoor Garden

Once you have collected your materials and are at home, use your supplies to prepare your new food growing pots as follows:
  1. Fill the pots to about 1/3 full with the rocks. 
  2. Cover the layer of rocks with the Potting Soil up to about 1-inch of the top of the pot. 
  3. Mix in a small amount of the fertilizer (about 1-tbs. for a gallon pot) into the potting soil and then pack the soil down.
  4. Wet the soil with water and, after a half-hour or so, press it down again.
  5. Make a hole in the soil and insert roots of the plant up to the main stem, or insert the seeds about 1-inch deep in the soil.
  6. Cover the seeds with the surrounding dirt or press the surrounding dirt firmly around the plant.
  7. Cover the dirt with a little more loose potting soil and water the plant thoroughly.
  8. Place the pot near the window or under the grow light and wait to enjoy your homegrown treats.
  9. NOTE: Be sure to know how much and how often to water your plants. Too much water can be just as bad for a plant as too little. Typically, you should water most Herbs every two weeks.

Recommended Indoor Herbs

Here are some recommended Herbs for you to plant an indoor garden.

They should adapt well to an indoor environment and produce useful Herbs for you year round; Basil, Bay Leaf, Cilantro, Chervil, Chive, Lavender, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme to name just some of the more popular.
Again, you can grow your own fresh Herbs and have better tasting dishes to serve your family and friends when you use them and you will also enjoy their fresh fragrances in your house.
Try using the leaves of such plants as lavender, lemon balm and other fragrant herbs in a potpourri to give the air in your home a fresh natural scent, and you will also find that still others go well in herbal teas.