Size Doesn’t Matter When It Comes To Herbs
Fresh herbs can take your cooking from hum-drum to delicious or from great to gourmet. Using your home-grown seasonings can also save you money at the grocery store, as well as give you a sense of satisfaction at having done it yourself. If you love the idea of using fresh ingredients but haven’t jumped into full-blown herb gardening because of the amount of work you expect it to be, why not consider gardening on a much smaller scale?
Micro-gardening may be the perfect way for you to get started growing your own herbs without having to invest much time, money or space. You don’t even need an outdoor garden spot to get started, since you can grow a variety of herbs right on your kitchen windowsill or by purchasing a grow tent kit.
The Convenience Of Micro-Gardening
Before you head to the home and garden store to stock up on the few things you’ll need to start a small herb garden, decide on a few basics.
Would you prefer to have an herb patch outside, or do you like the idea of snipping herbs right from a windowsill garden as you’re cooking? If you enjoy getting outside and working in the dirt, and want to experience the fragrant beauty of a herb garden while relaxing outdoors, then an outdoor patch is probably perfect for you. Make sure your chosen spot gets enough sun each day, and that the soil is good for the herbs you want to grow. Seed packets and volumes of information online can help you choose the right varieties for your area.
If outdoor gardening doesn’t appeal, or you don’t have a good place for it, then you might prefer a few pots inside. Don’t feel like you’ll be stuck with one place or another once you start. If you start outside, you can also add a few pots indoors if you decide later to expand your garden, or you can expand from an indoor garden to outside patch. You can also grow certain varieties outside, and keep a few pots or containers indoors to ensure that you have fresh herbs all year, regardless of the weather or the growing season in your area.
No Space? No Problem!
Before making a decision, consider how much room you can commit to your herb garden. No matter how small the patch, the window box, the windowsill or even a shelf under LED grow lights, as long as you can fit one plant or one pot, you can make it work as an herb garden.
For the truly short on space, you can purchase pots that have several openings along the side that are designed to help you grow more than one type of herb in a single container. You can also purchase small starter kits that contain everything you need, if you’re unsure how to get started.
Whether you want to have a fresh supply of basil on hand at all times, or you want to try to grow a variety of herbs, you can probably find someplace in your home or yard, no matter how small. The beauty of micro-gardening is that it’s so easy to make your herb garden perfectly fit your space and lifestyle
How to Clone Plants: Advice from Experienced Growers – prog garden st ins prem
Cloning Plants, The Right Way
Cloning plants can be a very frustrating process for new and even experienced growers trying to clone for the first time. Cloning is basically a way to extend the life of the plant you are taking clones from. It is usually done on a vegetative female and then placed in a growing medium until roots develop. The newly cloned plants are then placed in the pots or garden location where they will flower and be harvested.
We asked our experienced Facebook fans for their best advice on cloning plants. Add your advice for other growers on cloning plants with a comment below!
Here you go:
- “Use sterile scalpel, clean fresh well aieriated circulating bathwater with weak nutrient in solution for cuttings. Keep a clone mother in veg cycle for production of growing tips for clones. Trim cutting of all but top 4-6 leafs. Dip in Ro…otone, (similar), place in bath quickly, under low light for a day. Trimmed branches can be placed in cup of water and refrigerated for up to a week, trim to 3-4 inches and 4-6 leafs, dip in rooting powder, place in bathwater/jacuzzi. Med- low light for a day.”
- “For best clones cut 5 to 6 in , from growth tip, dip in cold water then clone jell, then rooting hormone. Then put in rockwool cube or whatever you’re using then place in dome or 2 plastic containers, place one on top of the other making a box. Place heating pad under container, because roots grow towards heat. Open an mist 3 times every 24 hours. About 7 days later you’ll see roots cumming out then plant. Good luck guys!
- “Sterility is key, you don’t want a lot of dirty air getting to that cut site.”
- “Don’t forget to spray your mama with plain ph balanced H20 to release the excess nitrogen before taking clones.”
- “20hrs of light works best, give at least 4hours of dark time to keep some sort of rythym in the cycle and reduce stress.”
- “Don’t give them too much light! They like it nice and easy and some very mild florescent light is perfect. Once they start roots you can begin adding more light. If you’re using any of the 3w Advanced LED grow lights make sure you raise the light at least 30 inches above the new clones or they will fry!”
Cloning plants the right way can be one of the most beneficial methods when growing indoors. Cloning allows you to select your best mother plant and continue to benefit from her vigor and strength in all your harvests for a longer period of time.
The Best Grow Lights for Cloning and Vegging Plants
An all blue grow light is one of the best ways to start clones and at Advanced LED we have developed the best grow light for vegging and cloning plants. Our Extreme Veg LED grow lights are some of the best lights for keeping a mother plant.
Happy Growing and Happy Cloning!