How to Grow Herbs in a Kitchen

Overview

Growing your own herbs or spices permits you to use fresh-picked herbs for seasoning in your favorite recipes. You do not have to plant herbs outside in a garden, where you can only grow herbs at certain times of the year. Growing herbs in your kitchen allows you to grow herbs at any time you want. Provide the right growing environment and proper care for your indoor herb garden, and watch the herbs flourish.

Step 1

Pick a location in your kitchen that provides plenty of sunshine, such as near south or west windows. Use artificial lighting, in the form of grow lights, if your kitchen does not have windows.

Step 2

Choose containers to use to grow herbs indoors. Use several individual containers to grow herbs separately, use one large container to grow different herbs together. Or, use a starter tray that features separate compartments to grow your herbs in. Always use pots or containers with drainage holes, or make holes in them.

Step 3

Cover the holes with a paper towel or coffee filter to prevent the soil from leaking. Fill the containers with high-quality potting soil for planting herb seeds. The West Virginia University suggests mixing your own growing media using 2 parts sterilized potting soil and 1 part coarse sand or perlite.

Step 4

Plant the herbs as directed on seed packet (depth and spacing), or place the herb transplants on top of a few inches of soil. Add additional soil to fill the containers.

Step 5

Water the herbs enough after planting seeds to moisten the soil. Use a spray bottle to mist the growing herbs, as needed to keep the soil moist until the herb seedlings emerge. Or, water each container until water comes out of the bottom for any herb transplants planted.

Step 6

Check the soil a few inches down and water the growing herbs only when it is dry, unless otherwise directed by the packet or marker.

Step 7

Turn the pots with the growing herbs weekly to ensure even lighting and growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Containers
  • Paper towel or coffee filters
  • Hand trowel
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds or transplants
  • Spray bottle (optional)

References

  • West Virginia University: Indoor Herb Gardening
  • Colorado State University: Indoor Herb Garden
  • Gardening Herbs: Indoor Herb Gardening

Who Can Help

  • Culinary Herb Guide: How to Grow Herbs
  • "Organic Gardening": 10 Best Herbs for Indoors
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About this Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.