Plant care advice
First of all, thank you again for purchasing one of my pots. I hope the whole package is as helpful for you as I intended it to be when I first came up with the idea.
So growing herbs - where do we begin? If, like me, you’re a bit of a novice when it comes to this whole herb garden thing, you’ve come to the right place. I’m here to give you a few tips on how to get them herbs looking and tasting fabulous, courtesy of my herb growing pals.
I’ve already got you covered when it comes to having a pot with drainage, so that’s one concern we’ve dealt with (you’re welcome). So, here are a few other things to bear in mind to help give your herbs the very best chance of surviving (hopefully beyond this shit show of a year).
It’s important to keep the soil moist (I know I know, that word doesn’t sit well with me either). What you don’t want to do is drown it in water. You’ll see, in the booklet, I have recommended checking the water after you’ve completed every activity. Originally, I was going to suggest you water it every time you completed one of the daily tasks, but I realised this was a terrible idea. So, instead, we are aiming for damp soil, not water logged. If the leaves start going yellow, you’ve overdone it and you need to scale back on water for a while.
Get it in the sunshine
Herbs love a bit of sunlight (don’t we all), so make sure you pop them in a spot that gets between 6 to 8 hours worth of sunshine a day. Be warned that they can be harder to grow in wintertime when there is less natural light so, if you wanted to be fancy, you could invest in a grow light. If not, get it in that windowsill, my friend.
Make sure it’s not too hot or too cold
Like us humans, plants feel most comfortable in temperatures between 18 to 20 degrees. Goes without saying it’s probably not best to pop your herb right next to the oven or the hob. It will not thank you for it.
Pick the leaves gradually
As a rule, it is recommended you do not remove more than one quarter of the leaves at one time. This is because the plant can become distressed and start to die. Plants are living things, after all. So, in short, don’t be a greedy bugger. A little bit at a time – got it?
Transferring it to a new home
If you really smash the herb growing game (show off) then there may come a point where you need to transfer your herb to a larger pot. A good indicator for when the time has come to do just that is when the plant is flopping over the edge of the pot or if you see the roots coming out of the drainage hole.
In the words of Ru Paul, 'Good luck and don't fuck it up'.