So, I have been attempting an indoor garden for several months now..
I bought organic potting soil, seeds, and made some containers. I used old pots and washed them out carefully and poked holes in the bottom.
First attempt at herbs failed. I grew Basil, Oregano, Parsley and also attempted Raddish and Garlic Chives.
They all sprouted, however... after what must have been 1-2 months NONE of the sprouts grew true leaves, and they all seemed to get stuck on their size, some got long and thin and weak looking.
So I plucked all those out, got new soil, and got a lamp (it was a gift, I was going to get a flourescent lamp). It was supposed to "recreate" sunlight, I'm guessing it gives off light with all the spectrum of sunlight. It was given as a gift for "improving your mood" although I never believed that but decided to keep it as a light for the plants.
its brand is Verilux. don't know if you all know it.
Now I'm on my second batch of herbs, growing only basil, parsely, and oregano now. Needless to say, nothing is growing true leaves again. I'm keeping the watering regular at 1-2 times a week, touching the soil to make sure it needs it (my wife has more experience than I with gardening). Its next to a windowsill that unfortunately doesn't get much light but we have the added light we turn on for about 8 hours a day at least.
any ideas? what could be going on?
also, how long does basil, parsley, and oregano take to get true leaves usually? I have found nothing trying to research this yet