How to Grow Herbs Inside


Growing herbs inside gives you easy access to fresh herbs any time. You'll save a bundle of money over buying fresh herbs at the store; and as an added bonus you know exactly how the herbs were grown, unlike store herbs that could be covered in pesticides or other chemicals. Herbs are well suited to indoor growth, making them ideal for people who have limited outdoor growing space. A proper indoor growing environment ensures the success of your herb-growing project.

Step 1

Choose a location for your indoor herb garden. Herbs need plenty of sunlight. A south- or west-facing window is ideal.

Step 2

Select the herbs you wish to grow at home. Think about the types of herbs you use frequently either in dry or fresh form. Sage, thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, dill, mint and parsley are common options for indoor growth. Purchase seed packets for each of the herbs at a garden center.

Step 3

Mix your soil for the herbs. Two parts of potting soil mixed with one part of perlite is an ideal mixture for the herbs.

Step 4

Select either a single, small pot for each herb or one large, rectangular box to place all of the herbs in. Place gravel in a single layer on the bottom of the pot(s). This allows proper drainage for the herbs. Top the gravel with the potting soil mixture you created.

Step 5

Plant the herb seeds in the potting soil based on the specific recommendations for the herbs you choose. The seed packet gives specific planting directions for the different varieties of herbs.

Step 6

Arrange the herb pot(s) in a tray filled with a layer of gravel and an inch of water. This provides humidity that the herbs need for good growth.

Step 7

Water the herbs as needed. Avoid overwatering the herbs, which will kill them. Wait until the soil surface is dry before each watering.

Step 8

Place the herbs in the selected sunny location. Rotate the pots every two days so all sides of the plants receive sunlight.

Step 9

Fertilize the herbs once a month for best results. Use diluted fish and seaweed fertilizer, which can be purchased in a garden center. Follow the label directions for appropriate usage.

Things You'll Need

  • Herb seed packets
  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Containers
  • Gravel
  • Fertilizer


  • West Virginia University Extension
  • Organic Gardening
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