How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Ready to grow your own herbs in an indoor herb garden?

Yum! Fresh herbs that you can cut and use anytime.

Gardening can be calming and very rewarding as well. Find your zen while you grow your own food.

 

There are also many other people who would love to develop a “green thumb”, but can’t quite bring themselves to explore the possibilities.

 

Certainly, there is the fear of failure (given the fact that cultivating and harvesting a garden is no walk in the park), but once those are overcome there is certainly a personal pride and delicious reward to follow your efforts.

Step 1: Find the Best Location with Natural Sunlight

  1. To grow herbs indoor, location is key.
  2. Why? Natural light is important.
  3. That means, find a location (preferably facing southwest) where the sun enters your windows best and for the longest period of time.
  4. Hopefully this location is convenient if you cook such as in the kitchen, or dining room area.

Step 2: Think Smart About Dirt and Drainage

  1. With regard to location, select one where dirt and drainage do not pose a problem (obviously not your dining room table), and be sure to put a plastic, glazed, or metal saucer beneath the pot to catch water drainage and debris to protect the area where you are growing your herbs.
  2. Note: That does mean use a pot that does has drainage holes at the bottom

Step 3: Check the Temperature

  1. Herbs can conveniently be grown in your home at any time of year.
  2. However, you have to use a good temperature all year for it to be possible.
  3. The best temperature to support the flourishing of your aromatic herb garden is somewhere between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit).
  4. Make sure to find a place that receives at least 6-8 hours of indirect sunlight daily inside. Many people prefer a kitchen window sill, kitchen counter or a shelf near a window. Some herbs like rosemary enjoy quite a bit of sun, so check with each herb you want to plant and use.
  5. Tip: if you choose to grow basil, it does prefer higher temperatures.

Step 4: Start Indoor Gardening With Herbs You Frequently Use

  1. Some culinary herbs that may warm up your green thumbs include: mint, oregano, thyme,rosemary, parsley and the slightly difficult herbs sage and basil.
  2. Once you select which herb(s) you will grow, go to the store, find some organic seed, a pot with holes(preferably terra cotta), organic potting soil, and a saucer to place under the pot and get rolling by following directions on the back of your seed package.

Step 5: Remember to Water

  1. Although herbs do not require much watering at all, pay attention to when your herb may need it–that is when the plant and the dirt feel pretty dried out. The general rule is about once every few days to a week water the dirt and not the plant leaves (avoid over watering!),allow the pot to drain, and then place the pot back in the saucer for any extra drainage.
  2. Make sure to NOT pour water onto your plants. For herbs, this is usually way too much. 
  3. Use a squirt bottle to moisten the dirt and make sure that the dirt is always moist.

Step 6: Celebrate Your Accomplishments

  1. Once your herbs have flourished,feel free to snip and use what you need for meals. This is where the fun truly reaches its peak! Go ahead, start your herb garden and do not forget to invite a friend over to share in your hard work!

 

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How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

To inspire all would be gardeners and home chefs, here are 6 easy tips to get started with your own indoor herb garden.

Instructions

Step 1: Find the Best Location with Natural Sunlight

  1. To grow herbs indoor, location is key.
  2. Why? Natural light is important.
  3. That means, find a location (preferably facing southwest) where the sun enters your windows best and for the longest period of time.
  4. Hopefully this location is convenient if you cook such as in the kitchen, or dining room area.

Step 2: Think Smart About Dirt and Drainage

  1. With regard to location, select one where dirt and drainage do not pose a problem (obviously not your dining room table), and be sure to put a plastic, glazed, or metal saucer beneath the pot to catch water drainage and debris to protect the area where you are growing your herbs.
  2. Note: That does mean use a pot that does has drainage holes at the bottom

Step 3: Check the Temperature

  1. Herbs can conveniently be grown in your home at any time of year.
  2. However, you have to use a good temperature all year for it to be possible.
  3. The best temperature to support the flourishing of your aromatic herb garden is somewhere between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit).
  4. Tip: if you choose to grow basil, it does prefer higher temperatures.

Step 4: Start Indoor Gardening With Herbs You Frequently Use

  1. Some culinary herbs that may warm up your green thumbs include: mint, oregano, thyme,rosemary, parsley and the slightly difficult herbs sage and basil.
  2. Once you select which herb(s) you will grow, go to the store, find some organic seed, a pot with holes(preferably terra cotta), organic potting soil, and a saucer to place under the pot and get rolling by following directions on the back of your seed package.

Step 5: Remember to Water

  1. Although herbs do not require much watering at all, pay attention to when your herb may need it–that is when the plant and the dirt feel pretty dried out. The general rule is about once every few days to a week water the dirt and not the plant leaves (avoid over watering!),allow the pot to drain, and then place the pot back in the saucer for any extra drainage.

Step 6: Celebrate Your Accomplishments

  1. Once your herbs have flourished,feel free to snip and use what you need for meals. This is where the fun truly reaches its peak! Go ahead, start your herb garden and do not forget to invite a friend over to share in your hard work!
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