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Michael Sean Kelley - Mar 22 2022

Starting Your Own Indoor Herb Garden

There's something to be said about growing and using herbs from your very own garden. They're fresh, delicious, and easy to grow using the abby automated indoor grow box. Here are some ideas for starting your very own indoor herb garden.

Choose Your Herbs Wisely

Knowing which herbs to grow depends entirely on your own preferences. Think about the type of cuisine you like to eat. What herbs go best with those foods? There are a few herbs that are quite common and go with almost anything, such as oregano, parsley, and basil, but there are some that are a little more specialized. For example, cilantro can be found in many Mexican dishes. Lemongrass is common in many different east Asian cuisines. Your herb garden should reflect the kinds of food you like to eat, so take some time to consider which would be best for you.

Growing Your Herbs With abby

Once you've selected your herb(s), growing them with abby is a breeze. abby does most of the work for you, including monitoring your plant's health, adjusting the interior lighting and climate, and providing a fresh, clean environment for your plant to thrive. All you need to do is change the water and add the prepackaged nutrient and fertilizer packets once a week. You'll never have to get your hands dirty while growing your herbs.

Keep Your Plant Pruned

Regular pruning is healthy for your herb plant, as it encourages growth. It's a good idea to prune your plant every 1-2 weeks, even if you don't necessarily need them for cooking. Herb plants that flower will actually stop producing the leaves that we use in cooking, so it's best to remove these as early as you see them budding. When pruning, be sure to cut the brances back, not just remove the leaves. Removing only the leaves won't stop the plant from flowering. Some herbs such as rosemary, sage, and thyme will grow thick, woody branches which will also interfere with the growth of the leaves that we want. Prune these all the way back to a place where new growth is occurring. abby will keep your herb growing all year round so you'll always have delicious herbs to cook with.

What To Do With All The Extra Herbs After Pruning?

You may end up with more herbs than you'll actually use after you've pruned your plant. Don't let these go to waste! You can dry and store them in a container that's available right in your kitchen. You could also create your very own seasoning kits for soups, salad dressings, and stews. They make excellent gifts for friends and family.

Learn more about abby here, including where to buy your very own.

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