How to Make an Indoor Herb Garden

Overview

If you're an apartment dweller with no outdoor space, don't let it stop you from having an herb garden. As long as you have a sunny window, most herbs will grow just as well indoors as they will outdoors. Although it's best to give each herb its own pot so the flavors won't blend, it's possible to group the herbs together in a large pot. Either way, you will have a ready supply of fresh herbs at your fingertips.

Step 1

Decide what herbs you want in your indoor herb garden. If you want to use the herbs for cooking, some good choices are oregano, basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage and chives.

Step 2

Visit a garden center or greenhouse and choose a few young herb plants, and read the label. Some herbs, such as basil, dill and parsley, are annuals, which means they will die down and will need to be replanted each year. Other herbs are perennials, such as chives, mint, rosemary and thyme, which means they will continue to grow for several years. Your indoor herb garden will be easier to maintain if annuals and perennials aren't planted in the same container.

Step 3

Choose a small pot for each herb, or if you want to plant more than one herb in one container, choose a large pot so the herbs won't tangle up and blend flavors. Be sure the containers have good drainage from the bottom. A few stones in the bottom of the pot will provide air circulation to the roots.

Step 4

Fill the pots with a mixture of two parts commercial potting soil and one part perlite, which will provide excellent drainage for the herbs. Leave about 2 inches at the top of the pot.

Step 5

Dig a small hole in the soil for each herb, and plant the herb in the hole. If you are planting more than one herb in a large container, you can plant the herb still in the pot, and it will prevent the roots from intertwining.

Step 6

Put the herbs in a sunny window. If you live in a cloudy climate, consider enhancing the light with a gro-light, especially during the winter months. Keep the herbs constantly moist, but never allow the soil to become soaked.

Step 7

Fertilize the herbs once a week with an organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion. Apply the organic fertilizer according to the directions on the label.

Things You'll Need

  • Starter herbs
  • Planting containers
  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Stones
  • Gro-light (optional)
  • Organic fertilizer

References

  • Indoor Herb Gardening
  • How To: Make a One-Pot Indoor Herb Garden
  • Starting an Indoor Herb Garden
Keywords: indoor herb garden, organic fertilizer, potting soil

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a longtime writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the "East-Oregonian Newspaper" and "See Jane Run" magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.