Starting a small indoor herb garden is an excellent way to add fresh herbs to your cooking, enhance your well-being, and beautify your space. I’ve grown herbs outdoors, but I wanted to try in my kitchen, to have the plants even closer to the cooking action. Plus, the mini garden looks so cute on my counter!
Keep reading for steps to create a thriving herb garden, regardless of your gardening experience or available space.
Along with sharing my indoor herb garden, I am teaming up with other blogger friends to bring you more herb garden inspo! Thanks to Kippi at Home for organizing the hop.
Make sure to visit the other sites linked toward the end of this article!
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1. Choosing the Right Location
Selecting an ideal location for your herb garden is crucial. Most herbs require at least six hours of sunlight each day, so find a spot near a window that receives ample sunlight. Remember, herbs can also thrive indoors under artificial grow lights if needed. Keep the herbs in a room that is at least 65 to 75 degrees during the day and no less than 55 to 60 degrees at night.
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2. Selecting the Herbs
When choosing herbs for your indoor garden, consider selecting those that thrive well in indoor conditions and suit your culinary preferences.
Here are a few popular choices for your Starting a Small Indoor Herb Garden:
- Basil: Perfect for Italian dishes, salads, and pesto.
- Mint: Ideal for refreshing beverages, teas, and desserts.
- Parsley: Adds a fresh touch to soups, salads, and garnishes.
- Rosemary: Complements roasted meats, potatoes, and bread.
- Thyme: Enhances the flavors of sauces, stews, and roasted vegetables.
- Oregano: A great herb for Mexican and Mediterranean meals. Helpful to lower blood pressure.
3. Planting Techniques
Take note of the specific requirements for each herb you’ve chosen. Some herbs, like basil and mint, are best started from seed indoors and then transplanted outside once the weather warms up. Others, like rosemary and thyme, are easier to grow from nursery-bought plants. Follow the instructions on the seed packets or consult a local garden center for guidance.
For my own small herb garden, I purchased herb plants instead of attempting to start from seeds or cuttings.
Most herbs seems to prefer good drainage, so it’s best to use pots with a drainage hole. This means some soil will also flow out from the hole. To minimize the soil loss, I line my pots with landscape fabric scraps (as seen above).
4. Preparing the Soil
As mentioned above, herbs prefer well-draining soil, so ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogging. If you’re planting in containers, use a high-quality potting mix. For in-ground gardens, loosen the soil and amend it with organic matter, such as compost, to improve its fertility.
5. Watering and Maintenance
Overwatering can be detrimental to herbs, so it’s important to strike the right balance. Herbs generally prefer slightly drier conditions, so allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Regularly check the moisture level by sticking your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, it’s time to water.
6. Harvesting and Pruning
One of the joys of having a herb garden is the ability to harvest fresh herbs for cooking. Begin harvesting when the plants are well-established with enough foliage . Harvesting regularly promotes bushier growth and ensures the best flavor. Remember to pinch off the tips rather than cutting large portions.
I use a tray to keep supplies together and to move them easily when needed.
Troubleshooting Common Issues
Like any gardening endeavor, herb gardens can face challenges. Keep an eye out for pests, such as aphids or snails, and take prompt action if necessary. Ensure proper air circulation to prevent diseases like powdery mildew. Regularly inspect your plants for signs of distress or nutrient deficiencies and address them accordingly.
Herb Gardening Beginner’s Guide
If you have never grown herbs before, Kippi at Home provides detailed steps to get you going. You will have a bountiful kitchen garden in no time!
Container Herb Garden
Similar to my small indoor herb garden, you can scale up your containers or pots that can then be placed in areas of your yard with the best conditions. From Farmhouse to Florida shows us how to get a wonderful container herb garden.
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Cute Plant Tags for Starting a Small Indoor Herb Garden
I had purchased my copper plant markers at Michael’s ages ago. They are really sturdy, but they don’t seem to carry them anymore. Below I linked some other copper options as well as fun vintage silverware plant tags and check out those blue and white ones- swoon!
More Accessories for Starting a Small Indoor Herb Garden
I’ve linked trays to corral your small herb garden supplies, watering cans (the black one is a child’s can but perfect for small spaces like countertops or shelves), and twine/scissor sets to harvest and bundle your herbs for drying.