Diary of an Average Gardener

Time for Indoor Herb Garden

– Posted in: Garden Projects

herb garden cart suppliesI’m a little behind this year. I haven’t even started a seed yet.
Over the holidays, I used almost all of my indoor pots of herbs and without fresh basil… I am lost! I best get busy. Time to get my indoor herb garden back on track.

Last year, as you may remember, (see last years post), I bought a mobile indoor gardening cart. I planted basil, parsley, a variety of lettuce and started my seeds for my tomatoes. The lettuce didn’t do as well as I would have liked, but I had great success with everything else, from seeds to seedlings then into the garden and finally on to my table and into my canning jar. From January to late October, I had plenty to do to satisfy my gardening addiction and it all started with that cart.

I’ve updated the look of my other website, so now I need something constructive to do. So…..today, I rolled out my mobile cart, removed last year’s dirt, threw out the moisture pad, and cleaned the all those little drainage rocks. I should have done the clean up much sooner as it was a tad chilly washing off those rocks outside today.

I lost some of the rocks during the cleaning process. Clay Drainage RocksConsequently, I had to add a few more. Last year, I don’t think I filled the tub with a deep enough layer of planting mix.  So, this year, I’m going to fill it almost to the top.DSC_0619_dirt I also, cleaned out a space in the basement (which doesn’t have any windows). I figured out a way to hang grow lights on chains. The chains can be raised or lowered depending on the height of the plants. To start with I am only going to plant basil, french tarragon, some more basil, parsley, and some more basil.

I frequently make my own bread, so I thought maybe growing caraway seeds for rye bread might be fun. Plus, it’s an interesting looking plant. I have a favorite bread recipe that I found years ago. Many people have claimed this recipe on various web sites, but I’m going to give credit where credit is due. This recipe was developed by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois and posted on their site, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, several years ago. They also have several books available from Amazon. Ooops, got distracted thinking about this bread and many of its varitions. Anyway, to the point, I’m going to try caraway for rye bread.

Anyway,..back to the topic at hand, the planting mix….I’m using potting mix on the bottom layer and seed starter on the top. The seed starter for the early stages to encourage seedling growth and the potting soil to hold the roots as the plants mature. I’m leaving them in the cart this year, hence the potting soil. (To see how to build your own mobile planting cart, click here. ) I’m off to plant my seeds.