Nothing beats the satisfaction of picking your own fresh herbs, as needed, for each meal. Everything stays fresh, smells better, tastes better, and you know that it’s chemical free. If I had a nickel for every overpriced bundle of basil I’ve brought home from the market, used a few leaves, and then found buried in the back of my fridge weeks later — I’d probably have enough money to buy everything I needed for an entire indoor herb garden. With modern LED grow lights being built with specific spectrums and purposes in mind, it’s easy to grow whatever you want! Here are 5 tips for growing the perfect indoor herb garden with LED grow lights.
5 Tips For Growing The Perfect Indoor Herb Garden with LED Grow Lights
1 – Break free from the window sill, LED grow lights allow you to grow herbs anywhere you’d like in your home
The best thing about herbs is that they want to grow. For those of us that haven’t been blessed with unlimited south-facing window sill space — I have a giant tree that blocks the sun from noon on — there’s a solution: LED grow lights. That’s right, LED Grow Lights have come a long way, and can now provide more natural spectrum options for your plants. LED grow lights also give you the freedom of growing your herbs wherever you’d like. You could line your herbs along your counter top and mount the grow light underneath the cabinets above. If you prefer to grow your herbs out of sight, a closet shelf, inside a cupboard, laundry room, or basement all become viable options. I personally like the idea of having all of my herbs on display on the counter. The DUO Clone bar LED grow light is a great fit for this application as the white light can double as counter top lighting and looks more intentional.
2 – Start with some basics
As with anything new, it’s good to get a feel for your environment and how each plant behaves in it before you go crazy. Basil is a great confidence builder because it doesn’t take a lot to flourish. Basil loves light and warmth, so it will benefit from being away from those cold windows during the winter. Basil is also used in so many recipes that you’re going to love how fast it grows and how much you’re saving by not buying it at the market. Other great options include: bay leaves, chives, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme (lol), tarragon, dill, you name it.
3 – Look at your grocery bill and start replacing your most frequently purchased herbs by growing your own indoors.
For me, basil, cilantro, and olives (I know olives aren’t an herb) are absolute essentials in my house. I literally think “milk, bread, basil..” at the store. So, if I could put a dent in these purchases, it could easily save me…
Basil: $3.99/bunch X twice monthly = $96
Cilantro: $2.49/bunch X twice monthly = $59.76
Olives: $8.99/pound X twice monthly = $216
4 – As you get more comfortable, start introducing more exotic herbs to your indoor herb garden
When you’re growing the perfect indoor herb garden with LED grow lights, you’re not restricted to herbs that will only thrive locally. You’ve created a controlled environment that will allow many new plants to grow. Start growing lemongrass (usually grown in Indonesia and Thailand), Oriental basil (Asia), or fennel (Asia/Europe). Not only will you impress guests during gatherings, but imagine the fun you’ll have hosting holiday meals when half of the ingredients were grown in your own home!
5 – Never stop improving
Successfully growing the perfect indoor herb garden with LED grow lights is only half the battle; you can always improve. Try new soil types, fertilizers, etc. You can even try out different lighting schedules to stunt flowering or encourage bushier growth. Even experimenting with different LED grow lights to introduce new spectrums can have a significant affect on your herbs. The EVO E27 LED Grow Bulb is another small option that provides red and blue light and is ideal for indoor herb gardens.