If you like fresh spaghetti sauce or pesto, than you’ve just got to have fresh basil and other herbs all year round! Sure, a nice 1 X 4 window backyard becoming at least 4 or 5 hours of direct light from a sunny window will provide you something to pinch here and there. Gardens with rosemary, mint, bay leaf, savory, oregano, chervil, sand thyme are some of the easiest to grow this way.
Pero, ¿y si quieres tu albahaca . .y en gran cantidad? Albahaca and cilantro need only a little more light, and actually prefer 8 hours or more of direct light each day. Besides this if you want fresh pesto, only a pinch here and there’s not going to cut it. Here’s what you can do about it.
El objetivo es un ciclo de luz vegetativo (18 horas), con ocho o más horas de luz solar directa o luz artificial brillante.
Siempre que los niveles de luz sean bajos, dales un empujón. Dos o tres luces fluorescentes sobre tus plantas aumentarán mucho su crecimiento y rendimiento. Puedes desarrollar suficiente jengibre para un par de raciones de pesto de vez en cuando, y seguir teniendo suficiente siempre a tu alcance.
Or, with a little metal halide light you’d have a bigger area with better lighting. You could surely create a wealth of any herbs you select for your culinary and aromatic delights. Basil would take well to the bright conditions below a metal halide, since it’s a Mediterranean, sun loving herb.
It’s been said that some herbs grow , or should be grown inside, bad soil. The oils in herbs make them special. Very fast growing herbs frequently grow plain leaves and stalks more quickly than they could produce tasty essential oils. Often you will hear “basil grows better in poor soil” or “your basil will taste better if you do not fertalize”. These people really mean “do not grow your basil too quickly” (sorry to pick on basil).
When growing in a container, it’s a little different. The plant still requires some food to grow, and if that food runs out you will have to fertalize. However, as you may see in the following two sections, this is taken into account along with the expansion habbits of your own herbs.
To maintain initial growth rates in control, I use a soil mix with just enough nourishment. Mix 2 parts sphagnum peat to 1 part perlite, and than add 20 percent worm castings. Adjust the Ph of any mixture using sphagnum peat moss by adding two teaspoons of hydrated lime for each gallon of soil mix. Or you could substitute peat with coconut coir or vermiculite, which don’t require Ph adjusting. Finally, I add 1 tbsp of kelp meal for every gallon of soil to add plant hormones and to offer valuable micro-orgnisms something to feed on. Use this mix when you transplant.
If you feel the surface of the soil and it’s dry, than you want to water. Another method is to pick up the container and assess how thick it is. Your herbs like their soil to drain quickly. You want to have containers with holes in the bottom, and you will need to add an inch or so of perlite or gravel into the bottom of each container as you transplant. It’s ideal to water thoroughly, but less frequently. Water the container until a few water comes out the bottom.
Cuando las hierbas hayan estado en casi cualquier contenedor durante diez días o más, querrás empezar a alimentarlas. En un contenedor, los orígenes están atrapados en un área pequeña y la mina libre de cualquier alimento, sobre todo si usted iba fácil en los nutrientes para empezar. Alimente con la mitad de los nutrientes, por ejemplo Maxsea 16-16-16, cada dos semanas.
If you truly need to keep your plants healthy, I also recommend 10 ml/gallon Thrive Alive B1 and Maxicrop liquid seaweed in every drop of water that you give to your crops. The B1 is root and vitamins hormones, and the seaweed is trace nutrients and plant growth hormones. This will assist with essetial oil production. Finally, water from around the foundation. . .it doesn’t like water on its leaves.
Whenever the herbs have grown enough leaves to be pinched without affecting their development, you can start using a few of the herbs. This is usually about 4 to 6 months, depending on the herbs. Herbs such as basil are best when harvested before blossoms open. You’ll Get your highest essetial oil amounts when you harvest at the end of this dark period, assuming you Don’t
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