Indoor Herb Garden
By growing an indoor herb garden you can have fresh herbs year round and close at hand.
For herbs to thrive indoors they just need sunlight and regular watering, plus they look great in a window sill or a sunny corner of your kitchen! If you are new to herb gardening, start with Basil, Parsley and Chives. Other good indoor herbs are Rosemary, Cilantro, Oregano, Sage, Thyme and Mint.
What you’ll need:
- Planters or flower pots
- Peat pots (optional if starting from seeds)
- Small pebbles or rocks
- Potting mix (+ vermiculite, optional)
- Herb plants or seeds
- Watering can
How to start an indoor herb garden:
1. Select which herbs you will be growing, either plants or seeds, from your local garden center.
2. Prepare your planters or flower pots. Add a thin layer of small rocks to the bottom of the planter or pot to allow proper drainage. Mix potting soil with 20% ferti-lome Vermiculite and fill your planter or pots two-thirds full of the mixture. If starting from seeds, use small peat pots then transfer to larger pots when the plants have grown.
3. Add plants and top off with more potting mix. Gently press the potting mix down around the plant.
4. Place the planters or flower pots where they will get around six hours of sunlight a day. You can group them in one sunny window sill or spread them out in different sunny windows around your house. Avoid placing your herbs in a northern window; a western or southern window is ideal as long as you are aware of extreme heat and sun during the summer months. Use indoor fluorescent lights if necessary.
5. Water your herbs whenever the soil feels dry. Over- or under-watering herbs can kill them. Yellow leaves are a sign of over-watering. How often you need to water depends on climate, humidity and sunlight.
6. Fertilize with a standard water soluble fertilizer according to the label and repeat as suggested. We recommend ferti-lome Fish Emulsion 5-1-1 for those that like to go organic or ferti-lome Geranium, Hanging Basket & Pansy Water Soluble Plant Food 20-20-20.
7. Harvest and enjoy! To allow your herbs to thrive, never take more than half of the fresh growth. Plant more if necessary.