Starting and growing an indoor herb garden can be easy, but also feel very confusing on where to start!
You have so many herb gardening questions, and we have all the answers to get you started today!
- Decide where your herb garden will grow.
- Choose what herbs you want to grow.
- Buy your herb plants or seeds.
- Plant your herbs.
- Grow your herbs.
- Harvest your herbs.
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Starting your indoor herb garden (easy step-by-step instructions)
What is the best location for your new indoor herb garden?
Herbs do best with 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. You need to find an area in your home that gets plenty of sun… usually a south-facing window. If you don’t get any direct sunlight, then you will need to consider purchasing a grow light.
A windowsill, table, or bookshelf are all great options to place your herb plants.
Keep your herbs away from drafts, most enjoy room temperature between 60°-75°
Make sure to choose an area you won’t forget about them… your herbs will require care every few days.
Which herbs grow best indoors?
Decide what type of herbs will grow best in your home and which herbs you will use. Here are the most common herbs that do well indoors:
Think about how you will use the herbs. What herbs do you cook with? Will you use your herbs for medicinable purposes?
You can buy your herbs as plants or seeds, depending on your area and season. I recommend buying organic whenever possible.
There are also many indoor herb garden kits to make it even easier to get started!
Planting your indoor herb garden
Decide if you want to start with planting seeds, established plants, or a herb garden kit such as the AeroGarden.
Starting from seed
If starting from seed you will want to plant the seeds according to the seed packet instructions, every herb is unique. Some seeds require soaking to help with germination.
A great money-saving tip is to use a cardboard egg carton for your seeds until they start to sprout. Then you can transfer them to a pot that has good drainage.
It’s best to keep different herbs in separate pots since each one may require a different root space and watering schedule.
Having the right soil is very important too! Use a potting mix that is meant for indoor herbs gardening. The potting mix is light and best for the drainage the herbs need to grow.
Make sure to label your seed pots! It’s easy to forget which pot has which herb. You can do this with a simple popsicle stick or get fancy with these plant markers.
Starting from an established plant
If you purchase an established plant then make sure the pot has good drainage and is large enough so the herb does not get root rot.
Most herbs can grow in a 6” pot, again, always have holes for good drainage. Research each herb to find what type of pot works best. Some herbs have different needs.
Starting with a herb garden kit
There are so many great herb garden kits to choose from. From the popular AeroGarden to a small starter kit…. Choose what works best with your budget and space.
If you purchase a kit, then it’s best to follow the instructions that come in the kit.
I will be reviewing different herb garden kits in the near future!
Water and feed your indoor herb garden
Tending to your herb garden will help it grow big and strong and allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labor… literally.
As with any plant, your herbs will need water and sun.
Some herbs will require misting a few times a week and others a deep watering only when the soil dries out. Do not allow the soil to completely dry out, you know it’s time to water when about ¼ of the soil is dry.
You can also purchase a soil moisture meter to help you know when it’s time to water.
Feeding your herbs will help them grow more robust. Use a seaweed and/or fish-based fertilizer. During the summer you can fertilize once a week. During the winter fertilize once a month. Best to follow the instructions on the exact fertilizer you purchase.
Harvest your indoor herb garden
And the time you’ve been waiting for… enjoy those delicious herbs. Start using them in your cooking, teas, and medicinal applications. It’s as easy as cutting the tops of leaves and enjoy knowing you grew them!
You can enjoy your herbs fresh, dry them out, or share them with friends and family!
Frequently asked questions
Can herbs grow indoors?
Yes, of course, you can grow herbs inside!
When should I start my herbs indoors?
Now! Why wait? Start your herbs inside today and enjoy.
Now if you are planning on transplanting your seedlings to your outdoor herb garden, then it’s recommended to start your seeds about 6-8 before the last frost date. Of course, this timeframe will differ depending on your planting zone.
Can herbs be frozen?
Yes! Freezing herbs is a great way to preserve the herbs you can use right away. Simply rinse and let them dry on a paper towel. Once completely dry, place them in a Ziplock bag and freeze. Don’t forget to label your baggies!
Another great idea is to blend them in a small amount of oil of your choice. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze. Once frozen put the cubes in a Ziplock bag and keep them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Where can I buy herbs in the winter?
You can find seeds online all year long. Occasionally your local nursery will have live herb plants in the winter.
Check your grocery store, most will have live herb plants. You will most likely need to transplant them into a larger pot. Some people have better luck than others with grocery store herb plants.
The best option really is seeds or starting with a herb garden kit.