Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Herbs Inside


Whether its dried, pressed, distilled or sautéed, nothing beats the taste of freshly cut herbs. Although many gardeners choose to plant their herbs in the yard to ensure optimal sunlight and growth, herbs can also be growing inside at a windowsill.

Step 1

Inspect the pots. Indoor planting pots should have three to four holes in the bottom for proper drainage and aeration and should have never been used. If you are reusing pots, sterilize them in advance.

Step 2

Place the pots onto their saucers and place 1 inch of decorator's stones at the bottom of the pot. The stones will further encourage healthy drainage and aeration.

Step 3

Fill the pots with sterile soil, leaving 2 inches at the top of the pots. Sterile soil is heat treated to kill any diseases and insect larvae. Never use outdoor soil for indoor plants or you will experience an infestation of bugs.

Step 4

Moisten the soil in the pots with a watering can.

Step 5

Sprinkle the seeds onto the top of the moistened soil, followed by a light sprinkling of sterile soil on top of the seeds.

Step 6

Water the pots again, leaving the drained water in the saucer.

Step 7

Set the herb pots at a sunny window and water daily until they sprout.

Step 8

Water the herbs every other day until they are 3 inches tall. After that, water the pots whenever the soil dries out to 1 inch below the soil line.

Step 9

Harvest your herbs as you need them by cutting them directly from the plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Pots, any material
  • Saucers
  • Decorator's stones
  • Sterile soil
  • Watering can
  • Herb seeds


  • West Virginia University Extension Service: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
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