If you’re ready to grow delicious, fresh herbs right in your home, then you will need these essential indoor herb garden tools! There’s something uniquely satisfying about growing your own herbs, and winter is the perfect time to get started.
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I’m thrilled to get my gardening plans rolling this winter – it’s going to be a fantastic time watching my plants grow and flourish, ready for their potential outdoor transplant!
Read on for seven essential tools you need for a successful indoor herb garden.
You can buy seeds online or at a local gardening store. There are so many different stores that carry top-notch seeds. I prefer to grab my seeds from MIgardener online, but often pick up seeds when I’m out at the local feed store buying feed and treats for our feathered friends. They carry a variety of seed brands.
When selecting your types of herb seeds be sure you have researched each plant’s growing needs so you choose the ones that will flourish in the setting you are able to provide them with.
Another thing to consider is the quality and age of the seed that you are using. I found this great article about how to tell if a seed is of good quality!
When first starting your seeds, the best option will be seedling cell trays. I have a collection of different sizes that I use to get my plants off to a great start before transplanting them to bigger pots.
After your herb plants are off to a good start and are in need of being transplanted, you can opt for anything from clay pots to mason jars or cute little metal pot sets – whatever suits your decor and fulfills the needs of your herbs! Just be sure that whatever containers you choose have drainage holes so that water can flow through freely.
Seed Starting Mix & Soil
When gathering your indoor herb garden tools, it’s essential to use the best seed-starting mix when first starting your seeds in cells so that your plants can get off to a good start. You also want to choose high-quality potting soil for transplanting your herbs into bigger containers. The type of soil you use will depend on what herbs you are growing, but generally speaking, potting mix is best because it drains well and won’t compact over time as regular soil does.
The best potting soils contain ingredients like peat moss, aged compost, and perlite to help provide the necessary drainage, aeration, and nutrients that your plants need for optimal growth.
Herbs need nutrients just like any other plant! Look for a fertilizer specifically designed for herbs that contain phosphorus and nitrogen in balanced proportions. Always follow the specific fertilizer directions for use to get the most out of your herbs. The amount used can change over time depending on the size of the plant. I always use a liquid Miracle Grow fertilizer that you mix with water for fertilizing all my indoor plants and seedlings in the spring.
A Watering Can & Sprayer
You will need a watering can and sprayer for hydration and misting plants as required. The amount of water and how often to water your plants depend on your plant’s age, pot size, etc. Your plants will tell you when they are getting too much or too little water; for example, if the leaves are wilting or turning yellow it’s likely a sign of over-watering. A good rule of thumb is to water your plants when the top inch or two of soil feels dry – depending on what type of herbs you’re growing, this could mean watering every 1-3 days
A sprayer is useful for misting the leaves of your plants if necessary. This will help keep them healthy and hydrated, as well as wash away any dust that may have gathered on their leaves from being inside. It is also useful for seedlings so they don’t get overwatered, but can be consistently kept moist.
A watering can with a long spout is best for reaching around the foliage and getting water right at the root zone.
Plant labels are essential when it comes to keeping track of which herb is which! They also make it easier to remember which ones need more light than others, which ones need more water, etc., so don’t forget this step!
To make things easier, I’ve created printable labels that can be printed on sticker paper or regular paper and taped onto your pots. They also fit on regular-sized plastic plant markers!
Pruning shears are great for maintaining healthy growth in your plants by removing dead or wilted leaves or stems before they have a chance to spread disease throughout your garden. Pruning shears are also great for harvesting herbs, as they make precise cuts and don’t damage the plants.
I recommend investing in a good pair of stainless steel pruners that can be used for many years to come.
The Last Thing You Need To Know About Indoor Herb Garden Tools
Now that you know all of the essential tools needed for an indoor winter herb garden, it’s time to get started! With careful planning and these seven items at hand, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious, fresh herbs all year long – no matter how cold it gets outside!
If you need help choosing the best 12 herbs to grow inside or learning how to start and maintain your herb garden inside this winter, be sure to check out my other posts in this Indoor Winter Herb Garden Series.
So let’s roll up our sleeves and get ready to grow some flavorful delights this winter! Happy planting!