How To Grow Herbs Indoors
- 31 Oct, 2020
Don't put away those gardening gloves yet! Growing herbs indoors is an incredible way to keep the gardening spirit alive during winter. It's also an excellent activity to get the kids involved with, plus you get pungent, flavor-packed herbs to add to your cooking. Starting an herb garden indoors isn't difficult at all. You just need to give the plants the proper placement and attention, and soon you'll be harvesting fresh mint, parsley, thyme, and oregano leaves.
The Easiest Herbs to Grow Indoors
One of the keys to success is picking the easiest herbs to grow. Some types are picky about their care and needs, but many are not. These are the herbs that best for the beginner indoor herb gardener.
- Parsley - Does well in full or partial sun. Germinates slowly, so be patient in the beginning.
- Chives - Prefers full sun, but is extremely adaptable. Keep soil moist.
- Oregano - Needs full sun. Drought-tolerant perennial; this plant can grow for 10+ years!
- Mint - Must have full sun. Keep the soil moist. Do not plant with other herbs since mint will invade and take over any space it is given.
- Catnip (a must if you have a cat!) - same as mint, above.
- Thyme - Doesn't start well from seed. Buy seedlings or take a cutting from a mature plant. Place in full sun. Drought-tolerant perennial.
- Rosemary - Needs lots of sun, at least 6-8 hours per day. Drought-tolerant perennial.
Six Keys to Successfully Growing Herbs Indoors
Pay attention to drafts, heaters, and vents. These will all affect the growth of your herbs. The ideal temperature for growing herbs indoors is between 60F-75F. Indoor temperatures fluctuate seasonally, so be aware of the changes and how they may affect your plants.
Don't let cold, winter weather prevent you from gardening! Indoor gardening is just as rewarding, especially with wonderfully fragrant herbs like mint and rosemary. An added bonus is they will fill your home with their rich, soothing scents, and are excellent added fresh to your favorite pasta dish or stir-fry.