How to Start an Herb Garden Indoors


Growing fresh herbs provides a constant supply of fragrant seasonings for your culinary needs or potpourri. It isn't necessary to have a patch of land, as herbs grow well indoors in containers. You can grow herbs with minimal effort, providing you follow basic guidelines when starting your herb garden indoors.

Step 1

Locate the best site for your indoor herb garden. Herbs require at least five hours of sunlight each day, without long periods of direct sun or intense heat. Avoid drafty areas (such as under air vents or near open windows) and hot spots (such as next to an electrical appliance). Choose an area with consistent temperatures.

Step 2

Select a pot 3 to 6 inches in diameter, with good drainage, for each herb plant you would like to grow.

Step 3

Fill the container with a mixture of equal parts coarse sand, garden loam and peat moss. Or, use a loose potting-soil mixture that drains well.

Step 4

Sow three or four seeds in the pot, placing them about ¼ inch deep in the soil (unless the seed packet gives another depth). You will later remove all but the heartiest seedling. Place a dish under the pot to catch draining water.

Step 5

Water the soil gently until the soil is moist and not muddy. Allow the water to drain from the pot. Empty the draining dish. Do not let the pot sit in the water.

Step 6

Insert your finger into the top of the soil each morning to check for moisture. Water as needed, in the morning, to keep the soil constantly moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant container
  • Coarse sand
  • Peat moss
  • Garden loam
  • Herb seeds


  • "Herbs"; James Crockett; 1977
  • "How to Grow Herbs"; Editors of Sunset Books and Magazines; 1975
  • Plant Talk Colorado: Indoor Herb Garden
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About this Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University of Fullerton.