If you love spending time in the kitchen, then you'll love having an indoor herb garden. Not only does it make cooking more fun, but it also allows you to have access to fresh herbs all year round.
Plus, indoor herb gardens are easy and low maintenance – perfect for busy people! In this blog post, we'll share 16 delicious herbs that you can grow indoors.
So get ready to add some fresh flavor to your dishes!
Not all people who love plants can make a garden at home. It’s not feasible when you don’t have space for it outside. but don’t fret!
Here are 16 Herbs You Can Easily Grow on A Ledge or A Windowsill. These indoor herb garden ideas are very easy to grow.
You only have to make a DIY garden by your windows. Not only are they great for accessibility and convenience, but they also add a pop of green to your home!
Why You’ll Love These Indoor Herb Garden Ideas.
- They’re easy to grow
- You can easily replant them
- They’re accessible and convenient
- They’re DIY!
- Colorful home decor
- They grow all year-round
- Fresh ingredients for every dish
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A Guide to Making your Indoor Herb Garden
You have to plan what seeds you are going to grow indoors. These should not be high-maintenance and should not need direct sunlight to grow.
Also, when you’re using seeds, make sure to read the instructions on the packets carefully and follow them. There’s a difference when you’re starting with seeds or plants.
Anyway, you will be needing these things for gardening:
- Garden box/nursery flat (if you prefer one)
- Organic potting soil
- Mister or watering can
- Hand trowel
- Label maker (to label your pots or plants)
- Soil knife
- Hand fork
- Soil probe
- Hand rake
Use a windowsill that receives much sunlight. Culinary herbs need more sunlight to grow, so you have to keep this in mind when you pick a spot.
You can install grow lights if there is no such spot on your windowsill. Plant herbs that you use most often. And make sure that when you plant your herbs, give them space to grow.
Do not crowd the plant box. However, some herbs grow too quickly and tend to take over the rest of the garden. These are the mint and coriander. Plant these separately.
When you mix up your herbs in a pot, make sure they all need the same amount of sunlight and water.
Once a month, fortify your plants with organic fertilizers or compost. Use a small watering can, that your indoor plants get an adequate amount of water.
Are Indoor Herb Gardens Worth It
Yes, with an indoor garden, you can save money by not having to buy fresh or dried herbs at the grocery store. This will encourage people to skip getting takeout and cook healthier in their kitchen!
Do Indoor Herb Gardens Attract Bugs
Yes, the truth is that even the most carefully cultivated plant can't escape bugs.
These pesky creatures find their way into our homes through windows, doorways, or vents-and once they're inside there's no telling what might happen!
16 Herbs You Can Easily Grow Indoors
Growing herbs indoors do not require much time and effort. Just follow the instructions given in the seed packets.
Here are the 16 herbs that you can grow on a ledge or a windowsill.
You can start a basil plant through cuttings, seeds, or starter plants. Seeds need to be planted 6 weeks indoors before frost ends. When transplanting basil plants, make sure the soil is not cold.
The temperature should at least be 70 degrees Fahrenheit. For cuttings, make sure to cut 5 inches from an adult plant. Then place it in a jar near a window sill.
The roots should come out in a week to 10 days. You can then plant it in a pot or a planter. Make sure your planter has holes at the bottom.
When watering basil, make sure to water when the soil is dry to touch. Moreover, water the soil only, not the leaves.
This plant can grow up to 24 inches high and will need a 12 to 15 inches distance from other plants. When harvesting, just pick the leaves.
Lastly, it is best to pick basil before its flowers, since they taste better.
Thyme uses clay, sand, and organic potting soil. Mix these all up and put them in a pot. The soil should have a pH of 6 to 8.
Water this herb twice a week. Also, this herb likes a warmer climate. They require 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day.
When you want to prune your thyme plant, just remove about a third of the oldest stems using sharp scissors or shears. This will leave a tidy-looking plant with a smaller base.
You can use fresh or dried thyme for your dishes. You can take it straight from the plant if you need them fresh, or dry these and use them for a salad dressing or juice.
Thyme can also be used in potpourri, aside from its culinary and medicinal uses.
Rosemary seeds require 6 to 8 hours of sunlight, with a warm soil temperature at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Check on them regularly and make sure to spray water once the soil is dry. Always keep them moist.
You can transplant rosemary seedlings once they reach 5 inches in height.
When planting them with other herbs, put a 10 to 12 inches distance between these plants.
To enhance its growth, you can cut the flower buds before they bloom. This will accelerate its growth.
Chives is an excellent companion plant.
They can ward off pests from lettuce, celery, and a lot more.
However, it is not recommended to plant chives with these plants: spinach, beans, peas, and asparagus.
Just like any other plant, always keep the soil moist. If the soil looks and feels dry, water it.
Chervil is an aromatic French herb that has culinary and medicinal uses.
It has a pungent and spicy flavor and is great with meat or seafood dishes.
You can add organic fertilizer or compost to your parsley. Pruning this plant is also not necessary.
This herb prefers warm weather, so the best time to grow them is during summer.
They take about 3 weeks to sprout from seeds and about 90 days to fully mature.
Minimal care is needed for this herb. Mint has both culinary and medicinal benefits.
They do not need much care. And they thrive beautifully, even without fertilizer.
Growing lemon balm as a houseplant is the perfect solution for those who love plants but don't have much sunlight.
Not only will this little herb offer you its beautiful aroma, but it tasty addition to foods and drinks, or a pretty potted plant on your sunny window ledge-it can also be grown indoors all year round!
This plant should be watered once a week. The best time to water it is in the morning when the soil is still moist. It requires 7 to 8 hours of sunlight and fertilizer to grow.
The best fertilizer for this is the fish emulsion.
Growing garden sage is so economical and time-saving.
It's flavor intense enough that you only need a dash to add some depth of spices, but not overwhelming for those who aren't fans at first bite!
Sage is also one of the few herbs where even when its leaves grow larger in size they remain delicious with an amazing aroma.
Dill plants thrive better outdoors. They come to full maturity at 5 to 6 weeks.
Dill makes a great companion plant to cucumbers, onions, lettuce, and corn.
Do not overwater this plant as the roots may go soggy and the plant won’t survive.
They also need to be transplanted when they reach 2 to 3 inches tall.
Always keep this plant moist. Also, they need to be fed with an all-purpose fertilizer every 2 weeks to thrive.
Soil pH should be between 6.5 to 7.5.
Tarragon is the go-to herb for when you need a little something extra in your cooking.
It has this unique flavor that's not overbearing but still noticeable, with just enough licorice presence to give it an interesting twist on taste without being too overwhelming or strong like other spices might be.
This herb gives a pungent taste and can be used as an alternative to hot dishes like chicken or turkey.
Free Gardening Planner
I made this weekly Gardening Planner for you to help keep track of your gardens. All you need to do is Print out this PDF printable and use it to help keep tabs on your garden.
All these herbs can easily grow on a ledge or a windowsill, you just simply have to take care of them.
A herb garden in the kitchen is always a good idea. You can cook fresh dishes, with easy accessibility. Enjoy your indoor herb garden!
Indoor herb gardens are the perfect way to enjoy fresh herbs all year round. Not only do they make cooking more fun, but they also allow you to have access to your favorite herbs whenever you need them.
If you're looking for a fun and easy way to add some greenery to your home, then an indoor herb garden is the solution for you!