Starting an indoor herb garden is easy. All you need is a sunny spot,
a few herbs and a planter to show them off! Soon you’ll be on your way to
having a supply of fresh herbs for your meals.
First, decide on a location. Choose a spot that gets at least six
hours of sunlight each day. You want a location that stays between 55 and 75
degrees. If you’re choosing a windowsill, you may need to move plants away from
the window when temperatures are frigid. Also, keep your herbs away from drafts
and heating and cooling vents.
Second, grab some herbs. You can start from seed or purchase plants
from your local garden center. There are plenty of herb varieties to choose
from—Basil, Thyme, Parsley, Chives, Mint, Oregano, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Lemon
Balm, Sage and Marjoram to name popular choices. Be sure to check the growing
requirements of each plant you’ll be placing together to ensure their sunlight,
temperature and watering needs are similar.
choose your planter. Make sure it has enough room for the herb roots
to stretch out—4 to 6 inches will do. Herbs also need good drainage, so drill drainage
holes or choose planters that already have them. Choose a quality potting soil or
a soilless mix rather than garden soil that’s heavier.
Fourth, water your herbs regularly. But not too much or you’ll get
root rot. Afraid you’re not watering enough? Stick your finger into the soil
about an inch down and if it’s dry, water your herbs. You can also use a spray
bottle to mist your herbs a couple times a week.
Fifth, pick and enjoy! Harvesting encourages new growth so use
those beautiful leaves! Pick off any dead leaves so you’ll get new growth. If
your herbs sprout flowers, it’s best to cut them off. They just take energy
away from growing leaves.
It’s that easy to create an indoor
herb garden! Let us know your thoughts on herb gardening and check out our selection of planters.