Lockdown Gardening

A full lockdown can be really hard on our minds and souls. Our whole lives have changed during the past few weeks: We are having classes online, we are not allowed to have parties with our friends or do all the normal things that we used to do and that felt so normal to us. Being by ourselves can be difficult and extremely challenging; that is why everyone is trying to find new ways to keep them entertained.

One simple activity that we can do is gardening. Now let’s be real: You are not going to live by eating only the things that you grow, especially if you don’t have an actual garden, but you can stop buying all the herbs and spices at the supermarket and grow your own. In addition to this, it will also help brighten your rooms and keep you entertained every day.

The best herbs to grow indoors are basil, oregano, rosemary, chives, thyme and rosemary. If you are a mojito lover, mint is also a great addition to your small garden and the fresh leaves will make your drink even better! The easiest and fastest way to start your garden is with seedlings from a garden shop; however, if these are closed, you can simply order seeds online and follow the instructions on the back of the package.

A very important thing that you need to keep in mind is that you don’t need any kind of fancy pots to plant your herbs: Any container is good as long as it has some kind of drainage! And of course don’t forget to put something (like a plastic protector) underneath the pot to protect the surface where it’s positioned. You might have to change the pots more than once during your herbs’ lives: In fact, at the beginning a small pot might make them grow faster, but then they are going to need more space in order to keep growing.

Be sure to leave your herbs in the sunniest spot of your house! Most herbs prefer a lot of sun and will need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day (after reading this you’ve probably realized why your basil plant died last winter!). This doesn’t mean that they don’t need water, so don’t forget to water your plants but if you see the leaves turning yellow, scale back the water immediately!

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