How to Grow Herbs Indoors From the Seed


No matter what you are cooking, the food will always benefit from the use of fresh herbs. If you don't have garden space outdoors to grow kitchen herbs, you can still have fresh herbs available provided you have a sunny window in your home. Most kitchen herbs do well in containers and will thrive growing inside.

Step 1

Choose plant growing containers that have at least one hole in the bottom of the pot and will fit on your windowsill. Look for containers that have matching saucers to protect the windowsill from water.

Step 2

Place an inch of pea gravel in the bottom of the container. This will help with drainage when you water your herbs.

Step 3

Mix together two parts potting soil with time-release fertilizer and one part sand. Fill the containers three quarters full of the mixture. The time-release fertilizer in the potting soil will fertilize the herbs for up to six months.

Step 4

Water the potting soil until the soil is completely moist throughout the pot. Water should be draining from the bottom of the pot when this is achieved.

Step 5

Spread the herb seed over the moist soil according to package instructions. Some herb seed can be placed very close together in the container, while others may need more space between seeds.

Step 6

Cover the seeds with 1/4 inch of dry potting soil.

Step 7

Cover the container loosely with plastic wrap. This will create a type of mini greenhouse that will allow the seeds to germinate in optimal conditions.

Step 8

Remove the plastic wrap from the container when the seedlings break through the soil.

Step 9

Harvest the herbs according to the package directions when the herbs are mature in the pot. Water the pots as necessary to keep the soil moist to the touch.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant growing containers with saucers
  • Pea gravel
  • Potting soil with time release fertilizer
  • Sand
  • Herb seed
  • Plastic wrap


  • West Virginia University: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
  • University of Missouri: Growing Herbs at Home
  • Texas A&M University: Herb Gardens
Keywords: indoor herbs, kitchen herbs, herbs from seed

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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.