HELP my Herb garden to grow in my kitchen!!!

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I have six 4" copper pots for herbs in my kitchen. They get indirect light from a big window that's 20' away. They seem to do OK as long as I'm home watching them every day. If I am away sometimes a week or more on business they die! I live in Las Vegas so the air is usually less that 20% humidity...very dry. I use a mister on them and water dayly. I tried the little glass bulbs that are supposed to feed them while gone but they work sporadically. We also have a high calcium count in our water. My husband is a gourmet cook and prefers fresh herbs. What can I do?
ALSO... Is it better to by a grown plant or start them from seeds?
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  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Jun 09, 2017
    You might try watering them really well and covering them with clear plastic before you leave...like a greenhouse effect. If there is enough sunlight on them , it should help to keep the plants moist.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 09, 2017
    Do the pot have drainage holes in them?

  • Debster707 Debster707 on Jun 09, 2017
    Thanks! Great idea!

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 09, 2017
    You could get some 2 litre soda bottles, remove labels, cut off bottom. Put over the plant and leave the top off to hold water in better. Put a tray under the pot, and fill with water before you go.

    You could also make a water bottle waterer .... drill hole in water bottle lid, fill with water, invert over your plant for a water drip. You can tape the bottle to a bamboo pole or use a chopstick with duck tape or gorrilla tape and insert in the pot.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 12, 2017
    Can't hubby water them? He wants to use them in his cooking he should be able to care for them too! If nothing else get the self watering pots and fill them when you are ready to go on your business trip and tell him to check the pots daily and fill them if they get down too far. I have some self watering pots, two big ones for my parsley and basil, two with strawberries and one really big one I have a plant in. The self watering pots do better than the others. My strawberry plants are twice as big as the others. The soil stays consistently moist. All are outside plants and if it doesn't rain they usually need to be refilled every day if it is hot outside.