Growing Herbs in the Kitchen


Growing herbs in the kitchen is a budget-friendly way to add variety to your meals. Some culinary herbs include rosemary, oregano, basil, mint and thyme. Herbs grown in the kitchen provide easy access to fresh flavor. For example, add basil leaves to marinara sauce for a sweet flavor. Sprinkle oregano leaves in your soups and stews for a savory flavor. Place rosemary sprigs on chicken before baking for a robust flavor.


Step 1

Locate a sunny spot in your kitchen that gets at least five hours of sunlight per day. If one doesn't exist, consider using a grow light. A grow light is a light that provides artificial sunlight to plants grown indoors. Place herbs under the grow light for 10 hours per day.

Step 2

Purchase transplants (baby herbs) from your local garden center. Look for herbs that have colorful stems and leaves. Faded colors may be a sign of plant disease. Smell the herbs for freshness, as each herb has a distinct aroma. Avoid herbs that have little or no smell.

Step 3

Confirm your flower pots have drainage holes in the bottom. Drainage holes help excess water drain out of the pot, and prevents roots from drowning in the water. Add a few pebbles in the bottom of the pot to prevent soil from escaping the pot. Fill a flower pot with a garden soil, leaving 4 inches from the top of the pot. Allow at least 6 inches of soil depth.

Step 4

Place the herbs in the pot and space them 4 inches apart. Fill the extra spaces with soil and water thoroughly.

Step 5

Confirm the temperature of the room is 65 to 70 degrees during the day and 55 to 60 degrees F at night.

Tips and Warnings

  • Over-watering herbs may result in wilted leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby herbs
  • Flower pots
  • Garden soil
  • Water
  • Sunlight


  • Pennsylvania Horticulture Society: Growing Herbs in a Container
  • University of Illinois Extension: Growing Herbs in Containers
  • Penn State Cooperative Extension: Growing Herbs Indoors

Who Can Help

  • West Virginia University Extension Service: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
  • University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service: Culinary Herbs
  • North Carolina State Cooperative Extension Service: Growing Herbs for the Home Gardener
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About this Author

Brandii Lacey began writing in 1997 at "The Mountain Times" in Boone, N.C. Her articles appear on, GardenGuides and eHow Home & Garden. She provides travel and lifestyle content for LIVESTRONG.COM. Lacey is the senior plays editor and on the nonfiction editorial team for "Mused Literary Review" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Appalachian State University.