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5 things to know before growing an indoor herb garden

Make sure to take note of these points before growing an indoor garden!

1. Climate conditions: 

  • Even though Singapore is a small country, climatic conditions - humidity, temperature, amount of rainfall and sunlight - still differ from place to place. Make sure that the plants you wish to grow can adapt to the environment in your area.

2. Usage/Choice:

  • Ask yourself why are you growing a garden? Don't grow a garden without a purpose, as you must be willing to take care of them. There are many ways you can use the plants such as herbs in your garden: for food, medicine etc.
  • Examples of herbs for culinary purposes: basil, rosemary, thyme etc.
  • Examples of herbs for medical purposes: oregano, lemon balm, lavender
  • Here are some easy herbs you can grow indoors.

3. Space:

  • Is your space suitable for growing plants?
  • Can they get enough sunlight of 4-6 hours?
  • Will the space protect them from threats such as strong winds and heavy rain?

4. Pots:

  • The choice of pots definitely matters. Best if the pots are self-watering and have good drainage to avoid drowning your plants. Avoid yellow pots because aphids (a garden pest) are attracted to yellow. Ikea's Avandbar self-watering pots which are available in different shapes and sizes. 

5. Soil:

  • The soil is probably the most important factor as when growing plants. Since you would be eating the herbs, you would want soil of good quality. 
  • Good soil for herbs must have these characteristics: loose and aerated, full of micro-organisms, presence of organic matter, water-retaining ability. Find out more here.