Have you ever thought about starting an indoor herb garden? Perhaps you live in a city or in a small space, and you don’t have the option to grow your own veggies over a couple acres. Heck, you don’t even have a yard! Instead, you have either the indoors or a balcony of sorts to work with. While patio/balcony herb gardens are great, they give you less opportunity to cultivate year-round produce.
With an indoor herb garden, you will be able to keep fresh and delicious homegrown herbs on-hand at all times. Your meals and cocktails will get a welcome punch of freshness, so you can impress guests with minimal effort! Plus, if you’re a newbie at gardening, this is the perfect low-risk way to dip your toes in before doing a cannonball.
This blog post will cover everything you need to know to get your herb garden started, but first, let’s take a look at some of the most popular kitchen-window herbs you will probably want to grow. We love this full list of dried and fresh herb explanations as well.
Quick Guide to Fresh Herbs
- Basil – common in Italian sauces and pestos, great sandwich stuffer
- Oregano – commonly used in Mediterranean and Mexican dishes
- Curry Leaves – similar to curry powder; used to flavor Indian, Sri Lankan, Malaysian curries, soups, and stews.
- Mint – common in Moroccan dishes; goes great with lamb, peas, potatoes, and chocolate
- Cilantro – often used to garnish or flavor Latin American, Asian, and Caribbean cuisines.
- Thyme – woodsy all-purpose seasoning
- Parsley – popular in various cuisines including Italian
- Rosemary – common in Mediterranean dishes and goes well with meats, beans, potatoes, and eggs.
What You Need to Start Your Indoor Herb Garden
First thing’s first: You need to gather all the necessary components to make sure you don’t start planting without a plan. Here’s what you’ll need for your indoor herb garden:
- Ample Light. Whether it’s the kitchen window or another window that gives you natural light, make sure there’s enough of it.
- Small Containers. You get can as creative (or basic) as you want with these—fun ideas include mason jars, teacups, upcycled wooden crates, et cetera.
- Garden Markers (optional). Though you don’t need to mark your herbs, it sure doesn’t hurt! Plus, with so many cute DIYs to make your own unique garden markers, why wouldn’t you ~spice~ things up a bit? (See what we did there?)
- Water. Fresh herbs get pretty thirsty, it’s best to create some sort of watering schedule to ensure they’re getting enough moisture. Consult our indoor plant watering tips if you’re afraid of overdoing it.
Easy Fresh Herbs To Grow Indoors
Now that you’ve got everything you need, it’s time to get to planting! Since you are just starting an herb garden for the first time, we think it’s best to begin with the easiest herbs to grow indoors. Then, once you master these, you can always add more finicky flora to the ranks!
- Basil – likes sun and warmth, so place it in a southern-facing window
- Parsley – likes full sun, and will growly slowly in either an east- or west-facing window
- Cilantro – similar care to parsley, cilantro prefers cooler temperatures, so east- and west-facing windows are best
- Mint – even if you’re low on light, mint will make it work; just pinch the plant back every few weeks if it gets too out of control
- Chives – great for all-year use, chives are best begun with starters instead of seeds—then, mist occasionally as it sits in an east- or west-facing window
Is that enough info to get your indoor herb garden started? Hopefully, you’ll be enjoying these fresh herbs in no time! Don’t forget to join Rozanne’s Inner Circle for more of these gardening tips—no one’s too inexperienced