The reason why herb garden kits don’t get any better than a Chia herb garden can be summed up in a few words — simple to start, low maintenance, and a germination time of just four days. And a Chia kit comes packaged with everything you need to grow herbs including seeds, saucers, saucer liners, terra cotta pots, simple-to-read instructions, and sometimes even recipes.
Some time ago Jerry Seinfeld said “I have no plants in my house. They won’t live for me. Some of them don’t even wait to die, they just commit suicide.” If you relate to Jerry, then a Chia herb garden kit may be your answer to having a green thumb.
With the typical Chia kit you get 6 different packets of seeds — from dill and sweet basil to curled parsley, chives, cilantro, and sweet marjoram.
The no mess part of a Chia kit is that you don’t have to contend with mixing dirt, fertilizer, lime, and compost because there is no dirt. Instead, the Chia herb garden uses special sponges composed of tree bark and peat moss as the growing medium.
To start your Chia kit, moisten the sponges and place each sponge in a pot. Sprinkle each seed packet over a sponge. Be sure to place a plant marker in each pot for identification.
As a Chia herb garden loves warm and humid conditions in order to germinate, a trick that works is to cover each pot with a plastic bag. In a few hours you will see condensation on the plastic which means you’ve successively created the desired humidity for your plants.
Once your seeds start sprouting and a couple of leaves appear, you’re ready to take off the plastic bags and place your plants on a sunny windowsill. A western or southern exposure will give your plants about 5 to 6 hours of sunlight per day. Water them regularly and it won’t be long before you enjoy fresh herbs to flavor your favorite dishes with.
When the weather is suitable for bringing your Chia herb garden outdoors, simply take your terra cotta pots to where you want to plant your herbs, turn them upside down and the sponge holding your plants will come out in one piece. Put everything in a large enough hole to accommodate the sponge, pack soil gently around the sponge, water the plants and there you have it — a successful outdoor transplant.
That’s all there is to it and we bet even Jerry Seinfeld would be a success at this.