The Herbalist

Buyer's Guide & Grow Test - Hydroponic Indoor Herb Kits

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Buyer's Guide & Grow Test - Hydroponic Indoor Herb Kits

I've noticed a proliferation of kits for growing herbs indoors over the last couple years. Everyone, it seems, is trying to make growing your own herbs a little easier, and a little more fun, by developing electronic systems that automatically water your plants, give them light at the right time, and even alert you when to put nutrients in. This begs an obvious questions, however: How well do these actually work? Are they actually better than, say, growing herbs in an empty soup can or an old shoe. Indoor Herb Gardens - Our Top Reviewed #1 - Click and Grow #2...

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Lighting Tips for Successfully Growing Herbs Indoors

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Lighting Tips for Successfully Growing Herbs Indoors

Planning to grow herbs indoors? Growing sustained, harvestable amounts of herbs indoors require long periods of intense light (6-8 hours of direct light for most varieties). Why? Abundant light is essential for helping herbs produce the oils that give them their distinctive flavors.  The Foody Smart 2 includes it's own LED light. Without the right amount of light, your herbs won't taste much like ... well ... herbs. Sunlight is ideal for herbal plant growth, but when growing indoors it's not always possible to get enough, especially during the winter months. Here we'll explore some options for giving your herbs all...

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8 Window Herb Garden Ideas that Will Add a Little Fun & Funky to Your House

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8 Window Herb Garden Ideas that Will Add a Little Fun & Funky to Your House

You know that Berenstain Bears story, the one where the kids find tons of ways to use an old box “inside, outside, and upside-down”? Herbs are a little like that ...  there are a million ways to grow them, and people are coming up with new and interesting setups all the time (just take a look at this Pinterest collection...). The great thing about herbs? They don't need much room to grow, just a little light and some good soil. In fact, every container you love could and should be considered a potential garden for your window. Below are a...

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7 Fun Ways to Put Your Fresh Herbs to Good Use

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7 Fun Ways to Put Your Fresh Herbs to Good Use

So you have some beautiful, sweet smelling herbs in your kitchen? Now what? It’s not hard to grow herbs, but figuring out what to do with those attractive plants when they're ready for harvest can be a challenge. Here are five of my favorite ways to use the fresh herbs I grow at home. Brew Your Own Tea A hot cup of herbal tea is an easy-to-imagine use of fresh herbs. Mint, lemon balm, sage, and lavender make very soothing cups of tea. My favorite is mint tea. The menthol in mint is what gives your throat that cold sensation...

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Indoor Herbs 101 - Tips for a Successful Harvest

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Indoor Herbs 101 - Tips for a Successful Harvest

Gardeners who love to cook love the convenience of using fresh herbs at home ... nothing could be easier than clipping a sprig of fresh parsley as a garnish from your windowsill herb kit. Even if you live in an apartment without outdoor space, you can grow beautiful herbs indoors. The best place to grow herbs is in your kitchen, but it's possible to grow them in any sunny room of your home. Here are some tips on how to grow herbs well indoors: Choose the Right Spot for Light Herbs need as much natural light as possible. Place your herb kit...

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