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Old 02-20-2019, 07:00 AM   #11
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I'm thinking of getting some basil, and other herb plants for my apartment. Does anyone have any advice for growing and maintaining them? I'm not the best city gardener around lol.

What sort of plants (especially edible ones) do well in an apartment?
I literally jumped when I saw this post. It is right up my alley! I am the Assistant GM for a big lawn and garden store here where I live and I literally spend my days informing people about the best practices when it comes to gardening like this. Personally, I have a big flower garden out back so I can snip flowers for my wife throughout the spring and summer. I also have an mini indoor herb garden and an outdoor herb/veggie patch. plus, I have a little green house for my bonsai trees.

First some questions. How is the light in your apartment? Do you have significant space in a window that gets 8-12hrs of sun? Do you have an outdoor porch you can utilize?

The best advice I can give to make it fun and exciting for you is to pick out the herbs that you use most often (or would like to use) with your cooking. Basil is a great idea as it can be added to so many recipes. I would also consider rosemary, mint, oregano, parsley, maybe some chives, and cilantro. You can even add a patch of carrots or white onions with great success. Once I even grew tomatoes upside down in a hanging basket. It took up minimal space and did really well.

The things to consider are really up to preference. Would you like to go soil or hydroponic? Either way, you can purchase a small growing light with a cool blue spectrum for continuous growth and have a small growing bed (2' by 1' or 1.5' by .75' for example). This will allow for great results and continuous growth/ harvest year round. If you look on amazon these mini grow stations are inexpensive and SUPER COOL! They are a great talking point with guests, make your home smell great, grow delicious plants extraordinarily well! Growing House PlantsThis one is only $15!

There is a lot of benefit to hydroponic stations but soil works well too. I would always use organic ingredients/ plant food no matter what you do, since you are going right from garden to plate and most herbs aren't cooked prior to the meal garnish.

The last thing to consider is something I cannot speak highly enough about. It's a sprout garden that literally is the easiest way to have fresh sprouts all the time. I use them with almost every meal. They are incredibly healthy and if you get this little tool (again, less than $20), then you will have continuous high quality veggie sprouts. Growing House Plants

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions! I would love to help any way I can. Growing something, anything, is also an incredibly way to help with your mental health. Watching something grow and caring for it is really something incredibly rewarding.

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Thanks for this thread. I've been doing better with my plants since I'm more careful about when I water.
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Peace Lilies are good indoor plants. They need a little sun. Self watering pots are also helpful if you forget to water them.
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Mint, basil, dill, thyme, parsley, chives. Mint sends out suckers so it's greedy for space. Dill roots deep and doesn't seem to mind cold. Thyme is easy and attractive. Chives survive all temperatures and are useful, but may attract little flies. Basil is the only herb that I have to constantly replant but perhaps it is the most delicious, flat and curly leaved parsley also have to be replanted from time to time.
Sage, mint and thyme come in different colours - purple mint and sage are beautiful.

Oh, how could I forget chilli plants - if you have space for a six to eight inch pot lots of warm sunlight, growing chilli's can be wonderful. Once they flower, the chillis come thick and fast and my neighbours adore the give-aways.

Also I've heard that you can grow little capsicums inside - they would be attractive and delicious to eat.
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