Create an indoor herb garden: tips for growing your herbs


If you are creating your own indoor herb garden, fresh herbs are always at hand. From parsley to cilantro, the fresh herbs can make an everyday dinner feel like a five-star meal. But buying herbs at the grocery store can leave you with a lot more than you need, and your backyard gardens limit your pestos to the summer months.

For fresh herbs all year round, you will need to bring the garden indoors. Not only will you have the fresh ingredients you need, but you’ll also add some life and air to your space with your growing veggies. Whether you are ready for a little sage plant in your kitchen or want to dive into a complete garden, these indoor herb garden ideas will make your space look and smell great.

Here, we’ve rounded up 11 tips to help you grow weeds indoors, including what to plant, or how to plant it, how to keep it alive, and more!

1. Choose the herbs you plan to use while cooking.

The first step in any indoor herb garden is, of course, choosing your plants. The best herbs for you will depend first and foremost on your taste (there’s no point growing an herb that no one in your family really likes!). Here are some of the most common herbs used in indoor gardens: They are easy to grow and are found in many recipes.

Rosemary

You can plant this versatile herb from a rootless cutting.

Basil

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Make sure this plant gets plenty of sun and heat.

Parsley

Grow this must-have garnish in bright light and with organic potting soil.

Chive

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This perennial is a member of the onion family and it grows easily just about anywhere. It is native to Asia, North America and Europe. When grown indoors, it prefers a south-facing window. Cut the sections with scissors.

mint

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This rustic leaf is essential for everything from desserts to tea and can live in moderate light.

Oregano

Want to bring this Italian, Mexican, and Middle Eastern staple into your kitchen? You can cut a stem from an outdoor plant and plant the cutting in the ground in a clay pot.

Thyme

Place thyme houseplants near a bright, sunny window and allow the soil to dry completely between waterings. Thyme is a Mediterranean herb with a pungent herbal flavor not unlike mint.

Coriander

Cilantro comes from the coriander plant and is used in a variety of dishes in many cultures. Cilantro is native to southern Europe and the Middle East. You can easily grow this fragrant herb indoors. Make sure the plant gets four to five hours of sunlight a day, and water it whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. When watering, keep pouring until water seeps through the drainage holes at the bottom.

Lemongrass

This unique looking plant grows in tall stems. To ensure its success indoors, make sure it receives six hours of direct sunlight (at least). In addition to using potting soil, you can also use plant foods to make sure the lemongrass gets all the nutrients it needs.

sage

You can propagate this herb from a cutting, no seed needed! This cooking herb can grow very well in four to six inch pots.

Bay of laurel

This shrub produces bay leaves, which are essential for many broths, stews and sauces.

2. If you are short on counter space, plant your herbs in hanging pots.

Tiny space? Try hanging your herb garden in front of your kitchen window or on an adjacent wall.

3. Think outside the pot.

No need to go buy planters. Simply start your garden in containers you already own, such as mason jars, leftover tea boxes, or a mug and saucer.

4. Install a window box.

Who Said A Planter Has To Go Outdoors? Install a planter inside your window or simply place it on the windowsill.

4. Or use a terrarium.


Terri S. Tomasini