Are you considering starting a herb garden indoors this year. So you’re at the right place, because today i will be showing you the easiest way to get you growing some of the best tasting herbs right in your own home. Growing herbs indoors is very convenient.
Imagine grabbing a few leaves of basil or mint and instantly adding fresh herbs to your sauces and dishes. The top herbs I would recommend growing indoors are mint, chives, dill, parsley, coriander, basil, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, chives and sage.
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How to Start a Herb Garden Indoors
There a couple of ways to start either with grow lights or by picking a nice spot in your home that receives about 4 to 6 hours of sunlight each day. Most people prefer to use a windowsill. Some of the easiest herbs to grow in your windowsill are also some of the most popular like basil, rosemary, oregano, mint, parsley and sage.
There are 2 ways to start. Either by packet of seeds or with starter plants. Starter plants are the easiest method. You will spend a little more money on the starter plants then seeds, but your chance of success is much higher, and they will be ready for harvesting sooner.
Make sure you read all the instructions provided on the tag for the starter plant, or if you are using seeds, read the back of the seed packet. It will provide proper planting, watering and soil instructions for that particular herb plant.
I would not recommend to transfer herbs from your garden to inside your home. You never know what unwanted pests you may bring inside your house. So i would stay away from that.
What Herbs Grow Best Indoors
If you’re a beginner, and are new to the world of growing herbs, I would recommend you stick to growing no more than 5 plants of different varieties at a time. Anything over this and it becomes very hard to manage them all.
Check out the list below for some ideas:
- Lemon Grass
- Bay Laurel
When starting herbs you can either plant them directly to the planters or pots or just sow them into starter trays. Planting them directly into the pots is much easier because it eliminates your having to transfer the small plant later on to a bigger pot or planter.
Growing from starter plants is super easy. All you do is get the starter plant that you purchased at the nursery and transfer it into a bigger planter. Please make sure that when choosing a pot or planter, that it has holes for water drainage. Water must be able to drain quickly to avoid root rot.
I find that growing herbs in pots that around 6 inches is best, especially if you decide to use your windowsill. Use pots or planters that either plastic or ceramic. Clay pots do not work good indoors.
Where to Grow Herbs Indoors
You can grow herbs in many places indoors, providing you have all the requirements that the herb plant needs for optimum growth. This includes numerous factors such as temperature, water, soil, humidity and light.
If you can’t find an area in your home that provides enough sunlight, I would recommend grow lights. There are many varieties of grow lights available on the market.
The indoor grow lights that I have personally used, and would recommend are:
Make sure you check the light requirements for each plant. Getting a timer, is an easy way to control the amount of lighting that is needed. These lights are available on Amazon.
How to Care for Herbs Indoors
Herbs need to be watered daily to stop the soil from drying out, and should be monitored. Make sure the soil used has good drainage.
Also make sure not to overwater your plants. If you find the leaves wilt or start to go yellow stop watering it for a day. Using fertilizer will benefit your plants. Use a fertilizer made for herbs that drains well. Be sure to use fertilizer to a minimum to avoid damaging the plant.
Growing herbs indoors requires air circulation and some humidity. A good idea is to run a small fan, so that it provides the plant with the necessary circulation it needs. Make sure to set the fan to the lowest setting and with some distance away so you don’t do damage it.
The Best Temperatures for Growing Herbs Indoors
Herb plants need an indoor temperature of between 65 and 75 degrees fahrenheit. Make sure that you do not place your plants in areas that are cold such as near a window or in a drafty spot, like near a sliding door, and never near a vent.
Herb that can be Planted Together
I have prepared a list of herbs below, that can be planted together in the same planter. Herbs are frequently planted as companions to other herb plants and veggies to keep to improve flavor, growth and helps keep pests and animals from getting at them.
- Cilantro can be planted with tarragon, basil, parsley
- Oregano can be planted with thyme, marjoram, rosemary, sage
- Basil can be planted with cilantro, tarragon, parsley
- Sage can be planted with thyme, oregano, rosemary, marjoram
- Rosemary can be planted with oregano, sage, thyme, marjoram
- Mint can be planted with lemon balm or any plant from the mint family
Tools for an Indoor Herb Garden
For your indoor garden you will need a few tools. Some tools you should purchase are a trowel and watering can. A spray bottle can be helpful for misting.
For the people who are starting with seeds. Purchasing a seed starter kit is very helpful.
The soil that I use for all my herb gardening, is the Professional Grower Mix Soil. I find them to be one of the best and I have had nothing but good success with this soil.
For people with minimal space use the Saratoga Home Herb Pots with Tray Set.
For apartments with very little sunlight I would recommend the Mindful Design LED Indoor Herb Garden.
I currently use LA JOLIE MUSE Flower Pot Garden Planters for my herbs. These pots are very nice quality, and can be used for indoor and durable enough for outdoor use.
Tips for Growing an Indoor Herb Garden
- Grow herbs in separate planters or pots
- Make sure to check the requirements for each herb
- Keep the climate indoors between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit
- If the plants outgrow their planter, transfer it to a bigger one. You will notice the roots starting to bulge out of the planters or pots.
- Plant herbs in separate planters to avoid one herb dominating the other
- If you do have the room to handle more than one plant in each planter, make sure and research that they make good companions.
- Make sure the soil used has good drainage
- Do not overwater your plants. Once a day is good. A soil moisture meter makes this easy. Get it on Amazon.
- Pick an area with at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight
- Select pots or planters at least 6 inches in diameter
- How to Harvest Herbs
- When harvesting annuals make sure to remove only healthy leaves. You can do this either by cutting them or by pinching them off with scissors or a knife. Trim leafy annual herbs so they can regrow quicker. Remove the leaves from the top of the plants.
- Perennial herbs are a bit different, and it is better to harvest this plant 1/4 at a time. It’s also best to cut the leaves front the top of the plants
Using full spectrum grow lights is very good to use if lighting is minimal. Keep them about a foot away from your herb plants and running for 12 to 16 hours depending on the plant.
For people living in limited spaces such as an apartment using a hanging planter to grow your herbs is a great way. There are many planters available on the market.
Some planters you can take a look at are indoor garden planters, and vertical planters. I would also suggest looking at self watering planters, they tend to make life much easier, and with our busy lifestyles there will be times you will forget to water your plants, so adding this is definitely a lifesaver. You can purchase these products on Amazon.
If your one that would like to take their herb gardening to the next level, then I would recommend the Aero Garden Bounty. This indoor Hydroponic herb garden allows you to grow up to 9 plants at once. Read the review here.
Simply following the instructions provided can help you dramatically improve your success of growing your own herbs. Give your plants some time to grow, and it won’t be long before you start to enjoy them in dishes and sauces.