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Old 12-26-2012, 05:25 PM   #1
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I happily received an herb growing kit for Christmas, and just sewed my first herb seeds this morning in the starter jiffy packs. I'm very excited to have fresh herbs at my fingertips!

The kit came with:
Basil
Chives
Cilantro
Dill
Garlic Chives
Mustard
Oregano
Parsley
Sage
Savory
Sweet Marjoram
Thyme

I also got a stackable planter which has 9 holes for different plants to be separated, and I was planning on putting everything in that one (a few smaller plants will be sharing a hole) because I don't have a lot of room in the house/on the windowsill to put more pots, nor do I have room in my budget to buy more pots.

Any tips on how to keep them alive/thriving?
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:31 PM   #2
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Oops! I posted this in the wrong place. Please forgive me!
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:49 PM   #3
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Do you get enough light for them to grow during the winter? I don't even have windowsills.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:58 PM   #4
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Nice Christmas gift!
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:08 AM   #5
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That is a really nice gift. Does your hubby or your dad have a shop light you could snitch? I'm finding windows in newer homes don't let in the sunlight like older windows used to.... they're almost too energy efficient... either low E or argon filled these days so maybe if you could "borrow" an old shop light fixture you could hang it over your new babies. I've had decent luck growing under fluorescent bulbs. I either get a cool and a warm bulb or go for 2 daylight bulbs and that works well enough.
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:49 AM   #6
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That sounds probable that the Argon windows in newer homes will block some light so part of starting herbs indoors is a shop light.

Many seed suppliers are selling heat mats for germination but I just use a incandescent bulb for heat.

Maybe the dill is dwarf but normally will reach 3 ft. Better to plant those outside for the swallowtails.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:43 PM   #7
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Thanks for bringing this back to my attention. I had them on a very wide windowsill facing east in front of a big window, but they didn't do so well. I will try again, once we get a new (our own) house, to either put them outside and/or use a shop light for winter.
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Old 02-22-2014, 03:59 PM   #8
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I've never had very good luck growing herbs indoors. Most of the Mediterranean herbs really need a lot of sun and heat to thrive. If you have a balcony or doorstep to put it on this summer I think you will have much better luck.
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