Do you love cooking and prefer using fresh herbs? Do you get frustrated when you don't have the herbs you need for a dish you're preparing? Maybe it's time to grow your own herbs and this article will review growing herbs indoors so you have them whenever you want them.
Growing Herbs Indoors: What Do You Need?
It's amazing how little you need to grow herbs inddoors. You can use almost any type of watertight container that won't rust because you'll be watering your herbs. Then you need an organic growing medium according to Planet Natural's article, Herb Gardening 101.
The location you pick is key to making sure your herbs get lots of sunlight. Ideally you've got some great windows in your kitchen, with enough space to set up some nice herb planters. When planning your indoor herb garden, give some thought as to how you'll water them. If your planters are sitting on a wood surface, you can use a waterproof tray to protect the wood, or apply several coats of polyurethane to protect the wood.
If you don't have enough sunlight where you want to grow your herbs, you can find indoor garden gadgets like these from Amazon.
Click & Grow Indoor Smart Herb GardenSelf Watering 3 Tier Garden Vertical PlanterAeroGarden Sprout with Herb Seed Pod Kit
A Cheat Sheet for Growing Herbs
You might be an expert gardener or like me, dreaming aboutf all the wonderful herbs you're going to grow some day. That's why I love the small herb garden containers which make it relatively foolproof to grow something you can actually eat. So once you've got your containers, growing medium and enough light … you still need to decide on which herbs to grow indoors.
That's why the cheat sheet below from Good to Be Home, is so helpful for anyone growing herbs. It summarizes a lot of useful information including:
- What types of herbs you can grow indoors and outside.
- How much sunlight each of the herbs needs.
- A calendar that shows you when to sow your seeds, and when you can harvest your herbs.
- Important advice on whether to water well or moderately.
- When planting, how far apart to spread the seeds/seedlings.
- What type of soil your particular herbs prefer.
Now that you're thinking more seriously about growing herbs, here are more great tips on drying and/or freezing the herbs you grow so you can enjoy them all year.
You might enjoy another article I wrote, Grocery Store or Growing Your Own Food Indoors … and wishing you much success growing herbs indoors.
I also have an AeroGarden for growing herbs indoors. It does a wonderful job except for tall thin herbs like dill. Either way, I found indoor herb growing to be a huge resources saver and it’s always nice to have your own fresh herbs 🙂