Best Herbs To Grow Indoors

How to Grow Herbs Indoors | At Home With P. Allen Smith

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  1. iuliqt

    Hello, these videos are great! I hope you could answer a question: basil prefers a smaller amount of light? Thank you.

  2. Beatxful

    hi sir!! could you please tell me how often in a week should i watering my basil? many thanks !!!

  3. P. Allen Smith

    Basil actually prefers direct sunlight, and a lot of it!

  4. P. Allen Smith

    Well, it depends on the soil drainage and heat outside, but I water mine every couple of days.

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  6. justin van Oeveren

    Thank you very much for the video. I am flattered that you would respond to my comment. This was very helpful.

  7. iuliqt

    Thank you very much for your answer. I want to congratulate you again for all of your videos. As soon as I saw the first one, I subscribed to this channel.

  8. Adina Ang

    Hi, I would like to know what’s the best soil to use for herbs or what would you personally recommend? Also, how to determine a good soil drainage. I live in Singapore, it’s all-round summer here! Currently, I’m starting on my first plotted herb, basil 🙂 Excited to expand to more herbs in the future!

  9. P. Allen Smith

    I recommend a designated “potting” soil- my favorite is BlackGold potting soil- and a good drainage cant be seen when your soil stays moist for about a day, but doesnt HOLD water. Good luck with your potted basil!

  10. David Scott

    This is excellent! Me and my partner are just about to move into our first home together, with our young daughter. We do have a limited garden space, so I am going all organic an shall be growing our own produce so my Daughter has the best possible start. I would also like to have fresh herbs growing in our kitchen not just for consumption, but for aroma and decor. Do you think I should go out an buy herbs from te garden centre, then re-pot and grow them? All year around? I leave subscribed also

  11. tubechic71

    Where can I find herbs now that it’s fall? Are they available in seed form from a garden center? Would basil, cilantro and oregano make it indoors? That’s mainly what I cook with….

  12. Shawn Merrill

    That’s very cool to know P. Allen. Herbs are very healthy and tasty additions.

  13. Hooman Nazarian

    im a chef, and indoor herb gardens will help you eat better and healthier, but also make you change the way you think about our kitchens. everyone has a busy life. why not right?

  14. Sara Aurora van der Meeren

    For herbs that require a lot of sunshine… what if you live in a city that is know for it’s rain? It rains here almost all the time, and there are very few days with sunlight… Anything i can do? Can the natural light (even though it’s clouded and grey outside) also keep the herb healthy and growing?

    Anyway, thank you for this tutorial. I’ve had trouble keeping my plants alive, but then again, i never really sat down like now and tried to figure out how to keep them healthy and alive xP

  15. frazel5

    your herbs are weird…that’s not how it’s pronounced…

  16. frazel5

    I would try a grow light if you think your herbs are getting too little sun. They’re not as expensive as you might think.

  17. HLProductions12

    Isn’t that drugs I’m only 11 but yeah it ms wired

  18. Woody Hens

    can mint go inside

  19. happyflux

    I”m with frazel5. If you go to Amazon . com and search for “clamp light”, you can find one by the company Bayco for only $6. You can also search “grow light bulb” and you’ll find a 4-pack of CFL Grow Light – Compact Fluorescent Light 13 watt 4 pack of 6400K Full spectrum grow light bulb screws into standard light socket by SunBlaster Grow Lights for only $24. Or you can buy stronger bulbs individually for $10 and up depending on their strengths. :]


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