How to Start an Indoor Herb Garden


Herbs make great indoor plants and nothing beats having fresh herbs available when you need them. Growing an herb garden indoors makes cooking with them easily within your reach. They need plenty of light and water, but not drenching. Pots should be turned throughout the day for equal lighting.

Step 1

Find a sunny location in your home--either a south or west window will do. Herbs must receive at least five hours of sunlight per day.

Step 2

Determine what size pot you will use. You can use a large pot for a variety of herbs, or single pots for each herb. If planting more than one herb per pot, be sure to place the largest ones in the center, and trailing herbs, such as oregano and thyme, at the edges.

Step 3

Mix two parts potting soil and one part perlite. Add stones or gravel to the bottom of each pot.

Step 4

Use your finger to make a hole in the soil and drop the seed in. The hole should be no more than three times the size of your seed.

Step 5

Cover lightly with soil and water. Cover with plastic wrap to keep the soil warm and place the pot or pots in a warm, sunny location. Do not allow the soil to dry out and remove the plastic once seeds have germinated.

Step 6

Water herbs once a day after the seedlings have emerged.

Step 7

Begin using your herbs when they have grown enough leaves, usually after four weeks. Some herbs, such as basil, should not be allowed to flower.

Things You'll Need

  • Herb seeds
  • Pot or pots
  • Soil
  • Perlite
  • Gravel or stones
  • Plastic wrap


  • West Virginia University Extension Service: Indoor Herb Gardening
Keywords: herb garden, indoor garden, planting seeds

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Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Karen has worked four years as a professional writer and editor, writing for the online source eHow with articles such as "How to Make Chocolate Chip Biscotti" and "How to Make Marshmallow Fondant," and editing scripts for A Work In Progress, an inspirational radio drama.