How to Grow Your Own Herbs Inside

Overview

Whether you like to cook, like to garden, or like both activities, you may have considered starting an herb garden. Herbs don't take up much space, and they add a large variety of visual interest, texture, smell and taste to a garden and foods in which they're used. Growing tasty herbs is not limited to people who have outdoor gardening space, though. In fact, it's quite easy to grow your own herbs inside, all year round. Many cooks and gardeners grow kitchen herb gardens, so the fresh herbs can be picked or clipped off for dishes as they go. Herbs aren't limited to the kitchen, however. They happily grow in small pots tucked away into little corners anywhere there's a bit of sun.

Step 1

Select garden pots or other clean containers that have not had anything toxic growing or stored in them, and that have drainage holes in the bottom. Six-inch pots are fine for starting the seeds, but you may need to move your herbs up to larger containers as they grow. Clay, terra cotta or other porous material pots are best, because they allow oxygen to reach the roots of the herb plants.

Step 2

Fill the containers to one inch below the top with a mixture of equal parts fresh potting soil, sand, perlite and peat moss.

Step 3

Gently soak the filled pots to fully saturate the potting soil, and allow the excess water to drain out fully.

Step 4

Lay your herb seeds on top of the moistened potting soil in each pot. If you're using small pots, put just one seed into each container. Larger containers can have multiple seeds added if desired, and you can put multiple types of herbs into one larger pot as well.

Step 5

Layer enough potting soil over the seeds to cover them about one-eighth to one-fourth of an inch.

Step 6

Gently sprinkle water on the top layer of soil to moisten it, then sit the pots in sunny spots around the house.

Step 7

Water the soil as needed to keep moist but not soggy. Pick or snip leaves and sprouts once the plants have enough foliage to continue growing.

Things You'll Need

  • Pots or containers
  • Potting soil
  • Sand
  • Perlite
  • Peat moss
  • Herb seeds
  • Water

References

  • West Virginia University Extension: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
  • University of Missouri Extension: Growing Herbs Indoors
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