How to Grow Fresh Herbs in Your Kitchen


Growing fresh herbs in your kitchen not only allows the cook quick access to seasonings, it also brings a bit of summer taste when cooking during the wintertime. Provided you have a warm window sill in your kitchen that receives around six hours of full sun, you have all you need to grow herbs in your kitchen window year-round.

Step 1

Place 1 inch of pea gravel into the bottom of each planting container. This will help with drainage of the pot when watered.

Step 2

Mix two parts potting soil and one part sand together, distributing the sand throughout the soil.

Step 3

Fill the planting container with the potting soil mixture. Water the soil thoroughly until it is moist throughout. Let excess water drain from the pots.

Step 4

Sprinkle a small amount of herb seeds over the moist soil. Follow the instructions on the seed packet for the exact amount of herb seed to plant per container. Keep the package for future reference as per thinning, fertilizing and other instructions.

Step 5

Cover the seeds with an additional 1/8 to 1/4 inch of the potting soil mixture.

Step 6

Place the containers in a southern- or west-facing window. Water when the soil feels dry.

Step 7

Turn the plants daily after the seedling begin to appear. This will help the plants grow straight, as they will get an even amount of sun on all sides.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting containers
  • Pea gravel
  • Potting soil
  • Sand
  • Herb seed


  • University Of Missouri: Growing Herbs Indoors
  • University of Illinois: Herbs
  • Penn State University: Growing Herbs Indoors (PDF)
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G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.