How to Grow Herbs in a Basement Apartment
LESLIE: Kathleen in Colorado is looking to create an indoor garden. How can we help you with that project?
KATHLEEN: Hi. Yes, I’m actually living in a basement apartment and so the lighting doesn’t seem to be as good. And I’d like to have an herb garden and the only place that I can really put it is in a darker corner, close to my kitchen. I don’t have any southern exposure at all and in the room where I would have it, I would have a little bit across the room of some eastern exposure in the morning and western exposure at night.
I was looking at possibly putting up a baker’s rack and attaching grow lights somehow. I don’t know if you have any experience with this or if you think that would work.
LESLIE: Hmm. So you want to create an herb garden in your basement apartment. You need lots of light. There’s actually – I mean there are so many different – I believe they’re called grow lights or horticultural lights. But each light has a different output that is meant for different types of gardening or plantings.
And there’s actually a good website online called LittleGreenhouse.com. And they sort of sort out which type of grow light is best for whatever it is that you’re growing and where you’re growing it. There’s all sorts of things with wattage and wavelength. I do not have a green thumb, so I’m talking about this in a way of like, “I understand the concept but I would kill everything.”
But I found the website to be useful in sort of sorting out what would work best for what conditions.
KATHLEEN: OK. Thank you so much.