In his planting guide which comes free with The Culinary Collection of Seeds, owner of Home Chef Herbs, John Hoff, mentions how many people look to create an indoor kitchen garden for various reasons.
Some of those reasons may include:
- They like to cook with fresh ingredients no one else has touched
- They live in an apartment with little room to have a garden
- Feed their families healthier foods
- Might have a condition which a healthy diet can help
- Are tired of buying herbs at the store only to watch them wilt away in their fridge
Does this sound like you?
Taken from John’s planting guide, here’s a short and easy way you can plant and grow your own fresh organic herbs with no gmo’s right in your own kitchen.
3 Easy Steps To Starting Your Indoor Herb Garden
What You’ll Need:
- Organic potting mix (not soil, choose a “potting mix”)
- A pot to plant your herbs in (a terra cotta pot works really well)
- Herb seeds (preferably Non-GMO and USDA Organic)
- Optional: Chalk/Chalk paper or something to label each pot
Step 1: Find A Pot For Planting
Find a good pot (3″ size minimum at top, 6″ best) with a hole(s) in the bottom to allow for drainage and an accompanied saucer or pan to catch the water.
A great pot to start with is a terra cotta pot with a hole in the bottom.
If your chosen pot doesn’t have holes in the bottom then you can either drill some holes or hammer a few nail holes into it.
Step 2: Add The Potting Mix and Rocks
Gather your potting mix and some rocks. The rocks can be some landscape rocks from your yard and helps with proper drainage in your pot.
John makes a clear point to make sure you use Organic Potting Mix and not “soil”.
Soil is real dirt while a “mix” is a mixture of organic and inorganic compounds which provide the ideal growing environment for potted herbs.
The rocks will be placed at the bottom of the pot to help with proper drainage. Make sure to wet the soil with some water before moving on to step 3.
Step 3: Add Seeds
Add your Organic, Non GMO seeds (they are organic and non gmo, right?) to the top of the potting mix.
Try to space them out a little.
Then cover the seeds with a little more potting mix and gently add some water until it drains through the bottom hole in the pot.
“Growing Organic Herbs With No GMO’s Has Never Been Easier…”
Says John Hoff of Home Chef Herbs. John and his brother Tom started their company to bridge the gap between home cooks, cooking with fresh ingredients, and those of us who have brown thumbs when it comes to gardening.
“My grocery store never carried organic, non gmo cilantro, basil, or sage,” he went on to say. “Then one day when I had to dig through my mostly wilted cilantro from my refrigerator to find a few good pieces for my guacamole, I figured it was time I grew my own fresh herbs.”
Their flagship product, The Culinary Collection of Seeds include:
Is there a home cook who hasn’t wished at some point or another that they could just walk over and snip a few fresh herbs from their own garden to cook with?
“The key to successfully growing your own herbs in your kitchen,” John goes on to say, “is picking the right spot. You need to make sure your herbs get 5 to 10 hours of light each day and a bit of air flow.”
Many times it’s hard to find a perfect spot in a house which gets 5 to 10 hours of sunlight, that’s when you may need to use a grow light. Grow lights provide artificial light which mimics sunlight for plants.
The instructions included with the seeds tell home cooks about grow lights, how deep to plant the seeds, how much water to use, and when they are ready to be used in cooking.
“I’ve been watching our market closely and it seems we are setting a trend in the organic seed world,” says John.
“Once our Culinary Collection hit the market we noticed other seed vendors began marketing ‘Culinary Sets of Seeds’ in their headlines. What you’ll find, though, is their brand still caters to gardeners and not home cooks.”
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