Last week, I showed you how to plant a little indoor garden for the fall. Another gardening project that should be tackled this time of year is bringing in plants before the first frost and/or transplanting them to containers (pots) for winter.
I recently decided there is no reason to let my herbs go to waste at the end of this summer growing season. Rather than trim and dry herbs as I would normally attempt in the fall, I decided to take the time to transplant and move them indoors.
pots of your choosing that will fit the shelves your garden will live on
a hacksaw if you need to adjust the size of your pots
pebbles or small rocks for drainage
herbs If you’re starting your herb garden from scratch, you can either purchase seedlings or seeds. Both are hard to come by at stores this time of year, so I recommend ordering them online. I order my seeds fromÂ Burpee.
window with good light or a grow light
If you are starting with purchased seedlings or an existing plant, follow these instructions for repotting your plants.Â Remember to be gentle!
This project will vary a lot based on the supplies you have available to you. The planters I bought for my garden were slightly wider than the bookshelf I was going to put them on, so my husband trimmed some of the lip on the sides of each planter. Once I knew my planters would fit my bookshelf, I placed my bookshelf where it would get the most light. For me, that was on top of my kitchen table. To protect my table, I put some scraps of felt under the legs of the bookshelf. Then, all I had to do was add my plants.
Maintenance of the garden has proven pretty easy so far. I have to remember to open my blinds every morning to let light in. I also over watered that poor basil plant (see the yellow leaves?). For info on avoiding over watering, check out last week’s gardening 101 post.