How to start an indoor herb garden

How to start an indoor herb garden

  • 20 August 2020
Fresh herbs are essential for home cooking - they add a depth of flavour, freshness, and aromas to a dish, and they are also good sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

But how many times have you bought a packet of herbs only to have it go off before you’re able to use it all up? Growing your own herbs at home means you won’t waste money on large packets of herbs that inevitably go off, and it can save you money in the long run. Plus, we think they taste even better when they’re homegrown!

Having a supply of fresh herbs at home is convenient, and you don’t even need a big garden - all you need is a bit of space on a sunny windowsill. Growing herbs can also be a fun activity to do with kids and a wonderful way to teach them about nature and caring for a garden.

Here are a few tips to help you get started on your indoor herb garden.

Choose a sunny spot

A bright, sunny window is an ideal location for growing herbs indoors. This is because generally, herbs like direct sunlight and keeping them in a shady spot will inhibit their growth. If your kitchen windowsill doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, consider putting them in a room that does.

Use seedlings or small plants to get started

Sure, you could buy seeds and grow your herbs from scratch. Although that will be slightly cheaper, using seedlings or small plants from the supermarket is a much easier way to get your herb garden started and you will be ready to harvest delicious fresh herbs much sooner.

Choose the right containers

You can plant your herbs in individual pots or plant several together in a larger planter. Whichever you choose, make sure the containers are big enough and that it has some type of drainage holes and a tray underneath to collect the water that drains out. Good drainage is important because the roots may rot if they sit in very wet soil.

Plant the right herbs with each other

Some herbs can tolerate each other and grow in the same container. However, some herbs tend to grow quickly and take over the whole space. For example, mint and coriander should be planted in individual pots. Herbs like basil and parsley can be planted in the same planter but make sure there is enough space between each plant so that they are not growing on top of each other.