In addition to vegetables and flowers, herb plants flourish in many outdoor gardens and flowerbeds. These annuals and perennials exhibit various culinary, cosmetic and medicinal properties. Continue to enjoy the fresh flavor and properties of herbs beyond the summer growing season by planting an indoor herb garden. Many types of herbs grow well in small pots indoors. Extend the outdoor growing season by planting a selection of these useful plants inside your home for year-round enjoyment.
Select herbs that grow well indoors in containers. Consider planting the herbs you enjoy using in your recipes or cosmetic and medicinal preparations. Common selections for indoor gardens include rosemary, thyme, sage and mint. These plants perform nicely as houseplants with regular trimming and harvesting.
Fill small to medium pots with potting soil mixed with equal parts of course sand. Thoroughly mix the two together to form a smooth combination. Leave about 1/2 inch of space between the rim of the pot and the surface of the soil.
Scatter your seeds over the top of the soil in your pots. Use between five and ten seeds per pot to allow for a few healthy seedlings. Lightly cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Consult the instructions on the seed packets for the recommended depth for planting each variety. The general rule of thumb for planting herbs seeds requires covering the seeds with a layer of soil between two and three times the diameter of the seeds. Gently press down the surface of the soil with your fingertips.
Place your potted herbs in drip trays to catch excess water. Set them in a sunny window that receives at least six hours of sunlight daily. Keep them out of drafty areas or areas that experience great fluctuations in temperature.
Mist the surface soil in your pots with a fine spray from a water bottle. Keep the soil slightly moist, not soggy, while seeds germinate and sprout. Thin out seedlings once they reach a few inches in height. Remove crowded ones and weak, spindly ones, leaving only the healthiest two or three in each pot.
Water your indoor herb garden every few days to keep the soil slightly moist near the roots. Begin harvesting your herbs as they grow and mature. Use clean, sharp scissors to cleanly cut off small portions of your herb plants.