How to Start Growing Herbs Indoors

Overview

It is easy to get started growing herbs indoors. The herbs that are traditionally grown indoors on windowsill gardens are parsley, chives, purple or golden sages, bush basil, lemon thyme and savory. Indoor herb gardens sometimes have a theme, just like outdoor herb gardens. Mint and chamomile are medicinal herbs that grow well indoors. Indoor culinary herb gardens can be created to reflect particular cooking styles, such as grouping marjoram, basil and oregano together.

Step 1

Choose a sunny windowsill to place the herb pots. Be sure the pots have a drainage hole on the bottom. Put a few rocks or broken crockery in each pot to ensure good drainage. Fill each pot half-full with potting soil. Press soil down firmly. Potting soil should be half organic matter and half perlite or peat moss.

Step 2

Place the herbs in the pots, spreading the roots carefully. Broken or bruised roots slow plant growth. Add potting mix to 1/2 inch from the top of the pot. Press down gently.

Step 3

Water the newly planted herbs thoroughly, allowing water to drain out the bottom of the pot. This helps check the free-flowing drainage as well. Herbs should not sit in water.

Step 4

Water the herbs only when the topsoil feels dry to the touch, between 3 and 7 days. Container gardens dry out more easily. Pinch back herb leaves during the growing season to keep them bushy.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not overfertilize herbs. They produce their characteristic aromatic oils when the soil has low to medium fertility.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden gloves
  • Trowel
  • Potting soil
  • Herb plants

References

  • University of Illinois Extension: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden

Who Can Help

  • North Carolina State University Extension: Growing Herbs for the Home Gardener
  • Herb Society of America: The Beginner's Herb Garden
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About this Author

Joan Norton, M.A., is a licensed psychotherapist and professional writer in the field of women's spirituality. She blogs and has two published books on the subject of Mary Magdalene; "14 Steps To Awaken The Sacred Feminine:Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene," and "The Mary Magdalene Within."