Indoor Herb Gardening 101: How To Create Your Own Indoor Herb Garden!
Nothing makes a dish tastier and more delectable than adding fresh herbs. This is why you should always have some on hand.
You can buy herbs in bulk, but, it might not give the great taste that a fresh, off the plant pinch, can provide. Growing herbs indoors is not complicated at all — you can even keep them all year long!
Herbs can easily be grown indoors. The key to successfully creating an indoor kitchen herb garden is understanding the plants’ requirements and making sure that you give them exactly what they need.
You can get and indoor herb garden kit, to get started or start from scratch, either way you’ll love the results!
Even if you live in an apartment or condo without much outdoor space, it doesn’t affect your herb garden, because, you can grow herbs indoors. The ideal setting for an indoor herb garden is the kitchen, making it easier for you to snip fresh herbs and use them in your dishes.
If you don’t have enough space in your kitchen, you can still grow these herbs in a sunny part of your home. There are so many ways to grow these greens, and space just can’t be an excuse.
Here are 15 indoor herb gardens that you can utilize, depending on the space that best works for you.
Keeping herbs in pots is the simplest herb garden you can have.
A lot of us use bookshelves to store books, but, there are more uses to them. You can use bookshelves as houseplant and herb storage.
Find a little bookshelf where you can place all your potted herbs to grow and thrive. These bookshelves also make perfect living room decorations. It makes the air cleaner, too. Clear off a shelf and get started!
Even if you don’t have enough floor place, you always have ceiling space.
Hang all your herbs high off the counters using macrame planters. These planters help beautify your ceiling space.
Which Herbs Can I Grow?
There are perennial herbs, meaning they last more than one season, like oregano, rosemary, chives, thyme, mint, and bay laurel which are very easy to grow. You can get young plants from a garden center and grow them at your indoor garden. You can also use small plants dug from a garden and transfer them into pots.
What herbs can you grow even as a beginner?
Basil is a critical herb for different cuisines around the world. You can also use it to make your own pesto or add it to your sandwiches, sauces, or salad.
Start basil from seeds or purchase small plants then place the pots in a south-facing window. Avoid cool, drafty spots, especially during the winter season.
The spiky leaves of this herb add a different kick to salads, soups, and eggs.
During the end of the growing season, dig up a clump of chives from your garden then replant it in a pot. Leave the pot outside until the leaves of the plant die back. During the early winter, move the pot to your coolest indoor spot for a few days then place it in your brightest window.
Oregano is a must for Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, and Central American cuisine.
Start with a tip that has been cut from an outdoor oregano plant. Plant it in a pot then place the pot in a south-facing window.
Thyme provides versatile flavor, making it a key ingredient in every cuisine around the world.
Pot thyme in a fast-draining soil mix then place it in a sunny window of your house. Water the plant when the surface of the soil is dry.
More than just a garnish in any cuisine, parsley also adds bright color and flavor to any salads, soups, and sauces.
You can start parsley from seeds. Grow it in a deep pot with rich and organic potting soil and provide strong sunlight.
The needled leaves of Rosemary is a must for pork, chicken, soups, olive oil, and potatoes. It adds flavor to cream and tomato sauces too.
Start with a cutting of rosemary and keep the pot in a moist, soiless mix until it roots. It grows best in a south-facing window.
There are different kinds of mints that you can use: Spearmint, peppermint, orange, chocolate, and more. Snip the leaves and mix them to your salads, desserts, tea, and drinks.
Keep the soil moist and give them moderately to strong sunlight. Just know that mint will take over any area, so, if you plant it with other plants or herbs it will take over and overrun the others.
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Tips When Maintaining An Indoor Herb Garden
Find The Best Spot
To grow herbs indoors, they need as much natural light as possible. Place the pots in a sunny spot near a window where herbs can get at least six hours of sunlight every day. Windows that face south or southwest are the best spots for your plants to get enough sunlight.
If you are not sure whether which spot gives enough sunlight, you can try this: On a sunny or partly sunny day, turn off all the lights and periodically check the natural sunlight.
Maintain Good Drainage
The best way to ruin herbs is to let them sit in water where the root will rot. Prevent this by using pots with good drainage.
Use a saucer, drain pan, or liner under the pot that can catch water and protect the surface. A clay saucer lets moisture easily pass through. It can help with the drainage, but, it can easily dry out, too. If you live in a dry climate or you are growing herbs indoors during the winter season, use a glazed or plastic container instead.
The Temperature Should Be 60 to 70 Degrees
Temperature is an important factor when growing herbs indoors. The ideal temperature when growing herbs should be at least 60 to 70 degrees.
Make sure to check the plants whenever you are placing them directly next to the window. The leaves should not be touching the glass as it can burn the plant with the reflected sunlight.
Select The Best Pots
Selecting pots or containers to use when growing herbs indoors is another factor to keep in mind when determining the success of indoor gardening.
When selecting the pots to use, keep these things in mind:
- Ensure that there is enough drainage in the pot. Herbs do not like to be kept in standing water, so, having adequate drainage holes is a must.
- The second most important consideration when selecting a pot for your herbs is the size of the container. If you choose a pot that is too big, it will be harder to keep the soil evenly moist. If the pot you are using is too small, the growth of the plant might be stunted.
- Make sure that there is a saucer for every pot that you grow indoors. You can quickly damage any countertop, floor, and table, and make a mess if you don’t have a saucer to drain the water. There are several pots with saucer attachments or you can buy them individually.
Grow Each Herb In Separate Pots
Don’t combine multiple herbs in one container. Planting herbs in separate pots give you the most flexibility when maintaining an indoor garden. Growing each herb in individual pots also helps you to address each plant’s needs individually.
You may also need to rotate the herbs to improve the air circulation and adjust the amount of light they receive.
Select The Best Potting Mix
The potting mix you use provides additional drainage to your plant. When selecting a potting or soil mix, look at the label first and make sure that it is suitable for indoor gardening.
Don’t use dirt from the ground for your indoor plants. It might not allow the roots to breathe, plus, it might contain tiny bugs and parasites you can’t see.
Flush The Plant With Water
Flush your indoor herb pots with water to remove any fertilizer salt buildup. Fertilizer buildup can occur when you are growing herbs indoors. Fertilizers help keep the herbs healthy, but over time, a salt residue might start to build, which will cause your herbs to suffer.
To correct this, hold the pot over a sink and thoroughly water it until water runs from the bottom of the pot. Allow water to fully drain from the pot before placing it back into your herb garden.
Repeat the process every few months to ensure the health of your plants.
Provide Good Air Circulation
Make sure that the plants have good air circulation. If the herbs are too close together, the plants might not get enough air flow and that can contribute to the spreading of disease.
Re-arrange your herb garden occasionally. Do not let the air become stagnant around the plants and give them a little breathing room.
Show Some Love
I have planted every one of the above herbs and we use them pretty much every day! They make me so happy to see the green and how well they grow.
If you are a beginning gardener – herbs are the easiest way to get started, they are almost foolproof.
Maintaining an indoor herb garden is not complicated! Follow these tips and start your own indoor garden today!
Be sure to share your successes, and failures, as well as any tips or questions!