Kitchen gardening: the Heartland Gardener walks us through planting herbs

Monday on the Breakfast Show, we launched "Kitchen Gardening."  We invite our viewers to follow along as Lauren Keith and the Heartland Gardener Paul Schnare see how well their own herbs and spices grow throughout this project.  Below you'll find the steps Paul recommends to planting oregano, basil and rosemary. 

What You Need:

  • Pot with draining holes and saucer
  • Seeds
  • Seed Starter Mix
  • Bag of Limestone
  • Watering Can
  • Grow Light?  If your window sill doesn't get much light and if you keep your home cool, you might want to invest in a grow light.  Paul says the soil needs to be around 70 to 75 degrees.  Even 80 degrees is fine.  That said, you might also want to buy a heating pad, based on your needs.
  • High Phosphorus Fertilizer

What to Do:

Fill Pots with Seed Starter Mix.  Fill to about 3/4 full.  Then mix the limestone into the soil.  Place about a dozen seeds into each pot, then cover with with remaining soil to the top.  Light dusting of soil is fine on top.  Water your pots till soil is damp only.  Do not overwater at all!  If you use a grow light, turn it on for about 16 hours.  Watch your plants grow and fertilize again once the seed emerges. 
Stay tuned to the Breakfast Show and the Heartland Gardening segment Mondays around 6:15 am.  Paul and Lauren will keep you usdated on the next phase of our Kitchen Gardening project.