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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Dec 10, 2016 2:37 PM CST
Hi Everyone!

So for Christmas I am making my mom an indoor herb garden. I got five plants and six kinds of seeds. I got Sage, Chives, Rosemary, Dill, Lavender, and Cilantro. The plants I have now are Basil, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Thyme. I have some questions about planting and care.

First, about the seeds, how many should I plant in each pot? The packets didn't specify

How big a pot? I got the plants in 3" ones right now, I bought them that way.

Anything else I need to know about herb care?

How do I use them in foods? (I am saving that for when I give them to my mom.)

Thanks!

Jared
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Dec 10, 2016 7:26 PM CST
Most herbs grown indoors need a strong light source, so that may determine the size of your pots
Your sage rosemary and lavender will take a long time to get to any real size so I would plant them in a separate pot they also do not like much water. The chives cilantro and dill will grow more quickly , these three can be cut small so more seeds can be sown.
You might consider getting a book for the care anduse of herbs , there is a lot to learn.
We do have an herb forum here and you may be able to glean some good information there.

Good luck I am sure she will love your thoughtful gift. Thumbs up
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Weedwhacker
Dec 13, 2016 7:51 PM CST
Jared, I agree with everything Cinda said; another consideration is that rosemary seeds are rather notorious for poor germination, so plant more than you want and thin them out accordingly.

You might want to put the plants in a "window box" type of planter -- I did have pretty good luck last winter with bringing one in that I had parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and marjoram growing in over the summer; I put it under one of the lights that I use for starting seedlings in the spring.

Also, you definitely need to give all of the herbs plenty of light; in my experience, at least, trying to grow them on a windowsill doesn't work very well. Another consideration is that some of those plants are going to get quite tall fairly quickly; dill in particular, which in the garden can grow to 3-4 feet high. And basil seems to grow quite tall and leggy unless you start "pinching" it off to make it branch out.

And, as Cinda also said, please do check the herb forum Smiling

I think that's a really thoughtful gift for your mom; best of luck with it!
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