Herbs are plants that can be grown indoors throughout the year. They add flavour to recipes, beauty to the indoor decor and fragrance to the air. These fast-growing plants are also very easy to grow indoors. A container of potting soil, a couple of seeds and a sunny windowsill are all that you need to start growing herbs indoors.
Herb Garden Location
Select an indoor location that receives bright sunlight for 4-5 hours a day. Herbs are fast growers and require lots of water, so a window near the kitchen sink is a good place for a herb garden.
- Plant herb seeds in shallow containers filled with potting soil. Any type of small, eco-friendly containers such as cardboard boxes, egg crates, coir pots or coconut shells, work well for starting the seeds. Be sure to make several drainage holes in the bottom of any recycled containers.
- Sprinkle a few seeds on top of potting soil, cover with 1/4 inch of potting soil, and gently water. o Keep soil moist but not soggy at all times until the seeds germinate. Place containers in a warm location.
- After the seeds germinate and reach 3-4 inches in height it’s time to transplant the herb seedlings into a larger container.
Caring For an Indoor Herb Garden
- Once a week, place all containers in the sink and give each plant a thorough feeding/watering. Leave containers in the sink until all the excess water has drained off.
- Since the indoor herb garden does not receive nutrients from garden soil or rain, the herb plants need some fertilizers or water-soluble plant food.
- Rotate containers of herbs every few days so each side of the plant will get exposure to sunlight.
- You can also harvest the seeds after the flower blooms.
Easy To Grow Herbs
Basil, lavender, mint, thyme, parsley, rosemary and lemongrass are easy to grow herbs that will thrive in an indoor herb garden.