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Name: Josie McPhee
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JosieWtF
Jan 10, 2018 8:10 PM CST
Hey! So I've been cooking for my boyfriend and I and family for a few years now and I've always loved cooking with herbs so on a whim tonight I purchased a little starter kit for growing my own herbs. It came with Chives, Basil and Parsely. I have them all planted in their pots and I'm not having any sort of trouble per se, but I'm very much a beginner to gardening or keeping plants (the only other plants I have is an aloe Vera which I've had for a year or two) I just want to know if there is any tips that any one has for a young gardener? Anything that I should know or mistakes that I should look out for? Any advice would be much appreciated 😊
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DaisyI
Jan 10, 2018 8:37 PM CST
Welcome! And good for you!

Find a sunny window to put them in and don't overwater.
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Jan 10, 2018 8:39 PM CST
Welcome to site, not a herb person but someone will give you great advice, lots of nice and knowledgeable gardeners here.
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Name: Sue
SF Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b)
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Zuni
Jan 10, 2018 11:04 PM CST
JosieWtF said:Hey! So I've been cooking for my boyfriend and I and family for a few years now and I've always loved cooking with herbs so on a whim tonight I purchased a little starter kit for growing my own herbs. It came with Chives, Basil and Parsely. I have them all planted in their pots and I'm not having any sort of trouble per se, but I'm very much a beginner to gardening or keeping plants (the only other plants I have is an aloe Vera which I've had for a year or two) I just want to know if there is any tips that any one has for a young gardener? Anything that I should know or mistakes that I should look out for? Any advice would be much appreciated 😊


First, your name is hilarious...

Then, what you need to know is that your basil plant will way outgrow the others. Basil gets really big. So, expect that. If it's not in a spot where it gets great light, you might want to get a grow light for it. What you need is just a daylight bulb. Just look for any bulb that is at least 4000K.

Chives are awesome! I used to grow them on the dark side of my house in WA state by my kitchen door, and they always did great. So, they won't need a lot as far as light, etc.

I've never grown parsley, so I'm not sure what it needs.

But, for all of them, if you could get a daylight fluorescent bulb, they should all do famously indoors, even if they get no other natural light.
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Ape_Goblin
Jan 20, 2018 11:17 PM CST
Once you see roots coming out of the drainage hole, start thinking about repotting(you can give it a week or two). The soil should be moist but not wet or sticky when you repot, so the root ball will hold together. Once you have the bigger pot prepared, not quite as full as you want it to end up, dig a small hole in the middle. With the smaller pot sideways over the bigger pot, carefully push the root ball out, and carefully break it up into the big pot. Make sure the longer, lower roots go down in the hole and the lateral roots stay more towards the top, if you have many stems you might want to separate them, either into multiple pots or evenly spaced around the pot. Then add another layer of soil around the top. My guess is the seed kit just came with 4.5inch pots and coir disks, so when you repot add a layer of gravel to facilitate drainage and use some compost and sand. Also, once seedlings are established start letting the top couple inches of soil get completely dry to prevent gnats and mold problems.

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