How To Water Your Herbs (The Right Way)

While herbs appreciate water during especially hot or dry weather, be careful not to overdo it. Overwatering herbs that come from drier places in the world (herbs like rosemary and thyme), can lead to root rot diseases. Also, too much water may cause too much growth while diluting the flavor.

Here is a guide for caring for your herbs. Soak the soil thoroughly, but let the soil dry out in between soakings. Use soil that is a combination of 50 percent potting soil and 50 percent compost works well for plant's growth. Add organic matter such as coffee grounds and tea leaves to enrich the soil.

Once the seedlings are big enough, transplant them to bigger pots that are 8 to 10 inches deep. After transplanting the seedlings to bigger containers, water the plants well and keep them in a shaded spot with bright, indirect light for two to three days. Once the seedlings have adjusted in the new soil mix, shift them to full sun. Maintain a regular watering schedule in this stage to keep the plants healthy and avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.

Once the plants are 6 to 10 weeks old and there is good growth, pinch a few leaves to encourage lateral growth. The more you pinch, the bushier your plant will become. You may also clip and prune your plants to encourage more branching. Herbs need constant harvesting to grow well. Use the clipped leaves in your dishes. Prune one-third of your plant every time.

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