How to Start an Herb Garden From Seeds Indoors

Overview

An indoor herb garden brings your favorite herbal seasonings within easy reach of your kitchen. Even if you live in an apartment, you can have an herb garden if you have a sunny window or use inexpensive grow lights. Most herbs grow well in containers, and many thrive inside. Starting the herbs from seed gives you a greater variety to choose from and saves money over buying nursery seedlings. When you factor in the money you will also save from no longer buying fresh herbs at the grocery store, indoor herb gardens are quite cost effective.

Step 1

Fill seed starting pots with a moist, quality potting soil mix. Fill them to within ¾ inch of the pot's rim with the soil.

Step 2

Sow three to four seeds in each pot, planting one herb variety per pot. Sow the seeds to a depth twice that of the seed's width. Sow small, fine seeds on the surface of the soil and cover with ¼ inch of the potting mix.

Step 3

Water each pot until the soil is evenly moist throughout. Mist water on the soil surface with a spray bottle for small seeds so they aren't washed too deeply into the soil.

Step 4

Cover each pot with plastic wrap and secure the plastic over the pot with a rubber band. Place the pots in a warm location to germinate, such as on top of a refrigerator.

Step 5

Check the pots daily for sprouting. Remove the plastic once the seeds sprout and move to a warm sunny window or place under grow lights.

Step 6

Water each pot, as needed, to keep the soil moist at all times. Empty the drip tray under the pots if there is standing water, otherwise disease may spread or the plant's roots may rot.

Step 7

Thin the seedlings so only the strongest one remains in each pot, once it has two sets of leaves. Cut off the other seedlings at the soil surface using sharp scissors.

Step 8

Transplant each herb plant into a 6- or 8-inch diameter pot once they produce their third set of true leaves. Fill the new pot with potting soil and plant the seedlings to the same depth they were at in their starter pots.

Step 9

Fertilize herb plants once monthly using a liquid houseplant fertilizer. Follow label instructions as application amounts differ between manufacturers.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant mint in the same pot with any other herb, as it will quickly choke out and kill the other plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Pots
  • Soil
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rubber bands
  • Grow lights
  • Fertilizer

References

  • West Virginia University Extension: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
  • Rutgers Cooperative Extension: How to Start a Windowsill Herb Garden
Keywords: herb gardening, growing herbs indoors, planting herb seeds

About this Author

Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.