Question by T: How do I care for these herbs/plants?
I am doing gardening in a nursing home. I have seeds for basil, cilantro, thyme, and lavender. I am planting the seeds (how many per pot????) in organic potting soil in styrofoam coffee cups. Sorry environmentalists, that is what I have to work with.
How much sunlight should they get? Window sill? inside? outside (it’s currently very cold in Indiana)
2nd question. How do i measure how much water they need? Should i use a spray bottle? Should i use a watering can? I have googled, but am still not a green thumb.
I am in the nursing home 5 days a week. I would please like a general guideline (in ounces or number of sprays or any other measurable advice you have) as to how to water these correctly.
Answer by Nazgul
Don’t think about it that much, just pot some holes ion the cups and water when the soil is looking a little dry. Some herbs are more difficult to grow than others and take longer to sprout, warmth is yor key here, you want to pot the pots is a warm location at first to simulate spring time warmth, try on top of a frige or close (not to close!) to a heater or radiator, seed will not sprout well when cold because they think it’s winter still. Lighting, this is going to be a tough one; especially right when they sprout seedlings will “bolt” to the nearest source of light, and if that light is not sufficient they will stretch themselves to great lengths to get close and will rapidly become to long and lankey to support themselves and will fall over and will not do well at all, this happens in the first week of sprouting so you want the brightest window possible, a window is not ideal at all but like you said it’s all you got, I use fluorescent lights for seedlings but I don’t think you have the room for that, anyway, good luck and remember seeds are cheap and if you fail just try again. Oh yeah, how many seeds to plant per cup? I’d plant 3 or 4, let them grow a little and see what seedlings are the healthiest, and clip the others leaving one good plant. :)
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