How to start an indoor herb garden

by Crystal Collins on May 15, 2013

in Home and Garden

herb gardening How to start an indoor herb garden

Many people are intimidated by the thought of having a garden. Either you don’t have the room for it, or you just simply know that your thumb is nowhere near any shade similar to the color green. That’s cool, my thumb was as brown as they come just a few years ago. But these days I have several garden beds as well as a ton of herbs inside and out.

So what does it take to start having an in-door herb garden? Sunshine (you’re gonna need a nice window with some sun coming in), water and a little bit of plant love!

Recently I went on an herb walk at the Natural Products Expo. I got to listen to two amazing herbalists, and definitely got the herb fever. I had been growing plants prior to this, but now I was motivated to have herbs everywhere! You might say that I went a little crazy with my herbs. But I’m loving every moment of the herb gardening. So are my meals!

1. Find some herbs that you would like to grow. This may include you taking a trip to your local Nursery, or doing some research online. Some of my favorite, easy herbs are the following:

  • Pineapple sage – oh my, it smells amazing!
  • Basil – so easy!
  • Thyme – ’cause we all got time for some a dat!
  • Rosemary – can turn into a lovely bush if you plant it in a nice sunny spot!
  • Fennel – I’m a huge fan of that licorice taste – especially in my juices!
  • Oregano – perfect to have on hand!

2. Get some good organic soil and pots. If you don’t have a compost pile, get some organic plant food as well.

3. Time to get dirty and planty. Put your plants in the pots with some good soil, plant food, and water. Water them every day for the next few days while they get acclimated to their new environment.

4. Water every other day or less depending on the plant. Some plants need a lot of water while others need less. When you purchase your plants from a nursery, they will come with instructions on what the plant likes, so be sure to pay attention to this.

Do you like to grow herbs? What are some of your favorites? I’m wanting to add some more fabulous herbs to my indoor and outdoor herb gardens and would love to know what some of your favs are!!

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Cassandra May 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I just started growing rosemary and garlic chives. I am battling horrible bugs and weeds in this German soil. All the rain last week about wilted my plants. :(

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Angela May 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I picked up one of those at an edible plant sale this year and I agree – it smells delicious! I’m growing lots of different herbs this year…. but for favorites… hmmm. I LOVE mints of all kinds (we’re growing 4 kinds right now), plus I love fresh sage & oregano. And it’s hard to beat the smell and flavor of freshly picked basil. YUM! The kids and I also found a “root beer” agastache plant that is rather intriguing. I ADORE herbs.

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TheThriftyMama May 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Oh no Cassandra! Yes the rain was nuts! I forgot two of my herbs outside and they got water logged. Had to pull them out of the pots and put them in the ground! Hope yours make it! Angela I may have to try that root beer one, sounds fabulous!

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Angela R May 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I am currently growing everything on your “favorites” list except for thyme (my seeds keep damping off – DOH).

You might consider adding cilantro and parsley to your list! Both grow very easily from seed! I also adore mint and it’s super hard to kill (which can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it). I am not sure if mint grows well indoors, but it can grow just about anywhere outdoors. You can use mint in a variety of recipes or beverages (mojitos, anyone?) and there are lots of fantastic flavors to choose from. I’m currently growing spearmint, chocolate mint, apple mint, and candy peppermint. YUM!

Happy growing!

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Crystal Collins May 30, 2013 at 11:08 am

Yummy! Good ones!

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Angela May 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I found it at an edible plant sale (which are really neat to take your kids to BTW). It’s supposed to attract pollinators and hummingbirds. It’s supposed to put out beautiful flowers come summer, so we’ll see. Oh! And another one for your list… lavender!! Love, love herbs! :)

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Celeste May 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I got a pineapple sage because it smelled amazing, but my herb book said it is not as nice to cook with. I planted it along our raised bed. My favorite herb to grow is lemon balm. I never have success with lavender. It breaks my heart every time. I grow mint( regular and chocolate) basil, thyme, cilantro, dill, and flat leafed parsley. This year we planted chives for the first time.

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Nicole May 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm

this year i’m experimenting with specific herbs planted amongst my veggie garden. it is supposed to help both veggie production and taste, but also with pest and it looks pretty :)

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KC @ genxfinance May 18, 2013 at 9:08 pm

We’ve been planning to start our own herb garden too. Now that it’s summer, we will have the time to getting things done.

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Hal from Swagbucks May 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm

We’re about to move to a new office and I have a nice big window finally. Maybe I’ll start a little office garden…

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Susan June 6, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Absolutely love Ruffled Basil!

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