How To Start An Indoor Herb Garden

How To Start An Indoor Herb Garden

Growing an indoor herb garden is quite simple.  It’s also a great place to start if you’re a beginner interested in learning how to garden. All that’s needed is a sunny window sill, a container filled with potting soil and a few seeds and you’re good to grow. No green thumb required. Another great thing about growing an indoor herb garden is that you’ll have fresh herbs year around. Follow these basic tips to get started growing your own fresh indoor herbs.

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Indoor Herb Garden Preparation

Select a location that receives bright sunlight for 4-5 hours a day, such as an east or west-facing window sill.

Herbs are fast growing plants that require daily watering which is why most indoor herb gardens are located near the kitchen sink.

Seed Preparation
Select the desired herb seeds, then place them in a small cup of water (each seed variety in a different cup of water) and allow them to soak overnight in the refrigerator. This cold soak will promote faster germination.

Container Preparation
Select and prepare planting containers while herbs seeds are soaking. Shallow clay pots work best for growing herbs, but you can recycle any containers you have on hand. Any type of small, plastic container such as yogurt cups, butter bowls or cottage cheese bowls will work well for growing herbs. Make several drainage holes in the bottom of any recycled container, and place a coffee filter in the bottom of container before filling with potting soil. The coffee filter will permit excess water to drain out while preventing the potting soil from leaching out.

Fill containers to within 1 inch of the top rim with potting soil.

Planting Seeds
Use a pencil to poke a hole in the center of potting soil. Make holes one-fourth inch deep and place one herb seed in it. Cover seed with potting soil and pat gently to firm soil.

After each container has been planted, place them in the sink and water gently until water runs out of the bottom drainage holes. Allow containers to set in the sink until they have finished draining, and then place them in their sunny location.  Seeds will germinate in 5-7 days.

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After Care

Water any time the top layer of soil become dry. Once a week, place containers in the sink and give each plant a thorough feeding and watering with a water soluble fertilizer.  A couple of examples of organic fertilizers are bone meal and fish meal.  Just mix 1 tablespoon per quart of water.  A vegan organic fertilizer option is Grow Veganic: Steady 5 – 1 – 2.  This can be purchased at a store or online.  Harvest desired herbs by snipping off needed amount anytime after the plant reaches 4 inches in height.

Herb Choices

Choose some of these easy-to-grow plants for your indoor herb garden: basil, cilantro, chives, parsley, dill, oregano, tarragon, mint and thyme.

Good luck and happy gardening!

Have you started your indoor herb garden yet?  Let us know in the comments below what your experiences have been and if you have any additional tips for gardening beginners, feel free to add those comments too.

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  1. I’ve always liked the thought of having fresh herbs handy but I never got around to putting it together. However, I don’t have a green thumb, quite the opposite so I’m a tad afraid to start. Which are the easiest herbs to start with?

    • Hi Danielle, thanks for your comment. Some of the easier herbs to start with are basil, oregano and mint. There are a few others in the “Herb Choices” section at the bottom. I would start out with one or two herbs you use to cook with and once you’re comfortable, expand. Good luck!

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