How to Start Your Herb Garden Inside


An herb garden provides you with fresh flavors for all of your favorite recipes and it allows you to add fresh, botanical decor to your home surroundings when you start it inside. Starting your herb garden indoors requires a few materials and your choice of herbs, whether you're experienced with herbal remedies, an experimental chef or a lover of fresh aromatic flora.

Step 1

Select a variety of herb seeds to start indoors, such as lemon grass, lavender and sage.

Step 2

Prepare each flower pot by filling it about 3/4 of the way full with organic potting soil. Specialty potting soils formulated for indoor container gardens are available in garden stores and online.

Step 3

Place a peat moss pod on a paper plate for each individual seed you are planting. Four or five discs fit on a plate.

Step 4

Place a seed of your choice in the center of each peat moss pod.

Step 5

Add about a half cup of water to each pod, allowing it to swell to four times its size, enveloping the seed.

Step 6

Set the plate on a windowsill or somewhere near sunlight where it will be undisturbed.

Step 7

Allow the herbs to sprout and grow to about 2 inches tall before transplanting out in your prepared herb garden plot.

Step 8

Place the entire peat moss pod and plant start into the prepared garden soil. Peat moss pods are made entirely of peat and mesh, which allows roots to escape out into the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Herb seeds (assorted)
  • Flower pots
  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss pods
  • Paper plate


  • University of Illinois Extension: Common Herbs List
  • Ohio State University Extension: Growing Herbs From Seed
Keywords: indoor herb gardening, container gardening, growing herbs

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