Wondering how to grow an indoor herb garden? Take a look and find out.
Just try to imagine how good it would be to season fresh tomato sauce with a few leaves of freshly picked basil or toss fresh rosemary on roasted vegetables. Sounds yummy, right?
Growing plants doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you make sure you start off the right way. The key is knowing the plant’s requirements and providing what they need.
How To Grow an Indoor Herb Garden
1. Pick the right samplings
It may be tempting at first to jump in and grow a wide variety of herbs, but that’s not such a smart idea because not all species thrive equally in such conditions. The ones you won’t go wrong with are basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and the inevitable thyme.
Herbs can be started from seeds or cuttings, but most people find it much easier and faster with seedlings from a garden centre.
2. Select a suitable pot with a proper drainage
Given that you can find a wide variety in shops, it’s safe to say that you can plant herbs in any pot as long as it has some kind of drainage.
It is important to note that plastic and ceramic ones hold more moisture than terra-cotta ones, which are known for being porous and breathable. You will not go wrong if you choose those made of clay.
Check out this article for all the details on choosing the best pots for growing herbs. We believe that it will make your choice much easier.
3. Find the sunniest spot
The easiest way to explain it to you is that the more light you can provide for your indoor herb garden, the better it will be.
Are you familiar with the fact that light intensity has a great influence on the flavour of herbs? This is exactly why you should try to provide your herb garden with at least six hours of sun per day to thrive.
PRO TIP: Don’t forget to give these beauties at least one quarter-clockwise turn a week, in order to expose all sides of the plant equally to sunlight.
4. Maintain proper temperature
Speaking of tips on how to grow an indoor herb garden, we must not fail to mention this one.
Herbs like the same temperatures that people do, therefore, try to keep it somewhere between 65 to 70 degrees. This actually works very well in most home environments.
5. Water sparingly
Did you know that water is both a friend and an enemy for these plants? It is recommended to allow the soil to dry out somewhat in between watering sessions. If you aren’t sure if the time is right, feel free to do the finger test.
Finally, don’t forget to give your plants a lot of love and attention, believe us, all the effort will pay off.
Tony Manhart is the founder and editor in chief at Gardening Slash. Tony’s enthusiasm and rich experience in all things related to growing plants have led him to share his knowledge with gardening aficionados all over the world. When he is not working around his garden, Tony spends his time writing tips and tricks on various subjects related to plant cultivation and soil maintenance.