Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

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  1. Karene says:

    So, I started a liltte herb garden about three or four months ago, mainly as a liltte project for my toddlers to participate in and never really believed that it would go anywhere, well i just came back after a month vacation and everything looks amazing! But I do have a few question, I planted three different basils and they are almost waist high, do I have to cut them or can I leave them growing at leisure? I prefer fresh herbs in my cooking, so drying them is not ideal. (though I would if the alternative is worse).Also, my peppermint is growing a bit wild, several thick stems have sprouted, stayed close to the ground and surfaced all over the liltte garden, Should I cut these runaways?The sage is a liltte crazy too, big and bushy but kind of all over the place Last question, I swear, I also planted some lemongrass and some scallions (spring onion?), I know these aren’t exactly herbs, so is that going to pose a problem? The lemongrass seems to be thriving, but the scallions look a bit wilted (let’s be honest, very wilted, all of the 3 separate scallions I planted are either bent in half, or completely laying on the ground) I know it’s a million questions, any help is appreciated!!!!I actually live in Londrina, Brazil. It is very hot here and rather dry, although quite a bit of rain in the summer months, the winters are mild here, think Florida, only a couple of weeks in the high 30 s low 40 s range. The soil is considered some of the best in Brazil, very rich with a distinct deep red hue, I am not actually from here, just moved really, but so I’ve heard.

    • Don Herman says:

      When your basil plant has 3 to 5 sets of leaves, cut the top off just above the second set of leaves from the ground. The single stalk will now end here, and two new branches will now bud and grow from the set of leaves you left behind.

      Peppermint will go crazy, so if you don’t want it to, you need to keep cutting it back. I actually kinda liked it just as a plant, so I didn’t mind.

      Sage – yes, will grow like mad. It especially likes DRY soil. Basil likes it WET.

      I’ll bet your scallions got mold. Very common in wet, high humus soil like you describe. It needs a sandier loam.

      How did your chives do? They are related to scallions and onions.