An indoor herb garden provides a lot of benefits regardless of where you are living. They help purify the air in a home and provide you with fresh produce throughout the year.
Also, they add green life to your space, especially if you are all about going green. Whether you are living in a squeezed apartment or a house with lots of space. This guide will help you set up a simple Indoor Garden, you can build from scratch.
Please make sure that you have prepared all of important materials, components as well as some needed tools to do this project. Avoid any mistake, please read the whole guide at least 2 times before the start off.
What Are Components You Should Prepare?
- A few pieces of wood (different sizes)
- Two 5/1/2” x 5/1/2 end pieces
- One 18/1/2” x 5/1/2 for the bottom
- One 20”x 5/1/2 for the sides
- Finishing nails
- Wood glue
- Metal clips
- Two clamps
- Neon spray paint
- Extra finishing nails
- Waterproofing tape
- Fresh soil
- Plant marker
- Herb seed packets
How To Make The Box?
This is the first step you need to do is build the box:
1. Attach the Sides and the Bottom
Place the wood measuring 18/1/2” x 5/1/2” on the work area and apply wood glue on all the edges. Attach the small piece of wood (20”x 5/1/2”) to the lower part of the wood. Ensure it aligns in the center while leaving 3/4” extend on all the ends.
Then, attach a small bead of wood glue on the side of the end pieces (5/1/2”x 5/1/2”) and adhere it on the side piece and bottom wood to create a corner. Repeat the step for the other side of the box.
Follow it up with a small bead of wood glue on the end pieces and final side pieces while pressing them gently to complete the box.
2. Clamp the Box
Inspect the box to ensure the pieces match up how you want them. If all the pieces of wood are in place, clamp each end to ensure they hold together. Allow the box to dry around twelve hours.
When it is dry, use the finishing nails for every corner to reinforce the pieces of wood.
3. Placing and Painting the Clips
Mark the areas you want to attach the clips by using a pencil and fasten a nail on the desired area. Allow it some space for the clip to slide onto. For this box, we will measure an inch down from the top and put another in the direct center.
Then, split the difference for two other clips on every side. Paint the clips using neon spray as it is ideal for metal and use a trimmed card stock to write the names of the plants you want to grow in the box.
You may line the box using waterproof tape to prevent it from warping if you are growing plants that require regular watering. Use steps 1-3 to build similar boxes if you are planning to several plants.
Below is a video show you all steps to make this box, this video was produced by Howcast. Pay attention to watch it and follow the instruction:
Buying the Seeds or Seedlings?
Visit the local garden and buy the ideal seeds. If you are planning to plant different herbs, be sure you have enough space for their growth. The Seed shop may also come in handy if you can’t find what you are looking for at the local store.
Process To Planting The Seeds.
Once your garden box is ready from the previous step, you are now going to Planting The Seeds. Fill the box with gravel to a height of 3/4 inch and follow it up with soil. Dig a large enough hole in the soil to accommodate your plant.
Remove the seedling from the nursery container and set it up into the planting hole. Press down the soil gently around the plant. If you are planting seeds, fill in the pot with soil and press the seed a 1/4 inch into the soil.
Examples of Plants Used as Indoor Herbs Include:
- Rosemary: Here, you will need to buy a seedling and plant it in the box of dry soil or a mixture of gravel and soil.
- Oregano: For this plant to grow well, you will need to find a sunny spot. Be sure you place them in area that have enough sunny, although you are setting up to an indoor plant.
- Parsley: This plant does not need lots of light. You need to set it up in a sun-drenched space, facing the window southwards.
- Basil: Another one an indoor herb plant that requires lots of light. During dark months, you may move the plant where it can receive the sunlight.
- Thyme: it grows best when it receives at least six hours of sunlight everyday.
- Chives: it is the easiest herb to grow indoors, and they are ready to be eaten as soon as they grow to 6-12 inches.
- Peppermint: It thrives better with minimal light. However, you should place it to get the sunny for a few hours on some day.
With this simple guide you no longer need a professional to help you set up an indoor herb garden. You can construct as many plant boxes as you want based on your space and the number of plants you want to grow.