How to Grow an Herb Garden in the Kitchen


Grow an herb garden in your kitchen and have a source of fresh herbs all year. A bright, sunny windowsill makes a good place to grow potted herbs, or you can use a plant light on your countertop or wherever you have room. Many herb plants are considered to be on the "weedy" side, and they grow easily. Herb plants in the garden will often be too large to bring indoors. Start the same herbs from seeds in smaller pots to meet your kitchen herb garden needs.

Grow an Herb Garden in the Kitchen

Step 1

Select herb seeds for your indoor kitchen herb garden. Choose herbs that do not grow very large, or herbs that you can trim and use often to keep them a manageable size. Grow herbs that you will enjoy using. Search seed catalogs or online sources for pot-sized herbs. Many herbs are available in small-leaved varieties or in miniature versions that are just right for kitchen windowsill gardens.

Step 2

Prepare your pots or containers by washing and rinsing them well. Fill them with potting soil.

Step 3

Plant herb seeds in your prepared pots. Most herb seeds are small and should be planted no more than 1/4 inch deep. Water the containers lightly and keep them in a warm place until the seeds germinate. The top of the refrigerator is a nice warm place; be sure to keep the soil moist, and check on your herbs daily. Move them to a bright window or under a plant light as soon as the seedlings appear.

Step 4

Use a diluted organic fertilizer when you water your kitchen herb garden. Most herbs do not require much fertilizer, but a weak solution every two weeks or so is fine.

Step 5

Snip your fresh herbs when they are a few inches tall. Use the snips for cooking. This is a form of pruning your plants, and most herbs will become more bushy and leafy the more you snip them.

Things You'll Need

  • Pots and containers
  • Potting soil
  • Herb seeds
  • Bright windowsill or plant light


  • Growing Herbs in Your Kitchen
  • A Windowsill Herb Garden
  • Kitchen Herbs

Who Can Help

  • Growing Kitchen Herbs in Containers
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Fern Fischer writes about quilting and sewing, and she professionally restores antique quilts to preserve these historical pieces of women's art. She also covers topics of organic gardening, health, rural lifestyle, home and family. For over 35 years, her work has been published in print and online.