Any cook worth his or her salt will tell you that nothing adds flavor and zing to a dish like fresh-picked herbs. The good news is that you can grow your own herbs indoors all year-round.
Growing herbs indoors is easy, fun, and practical. You don’t even need special equipment as long as you allow them adequate sunlight and water.
Starting Your Indoor Herb Garden
There are two ways to start your indoor herb garden. You can grow your herbs from young plants or start them from seeds.
Perennial herbs, such as oregano are easiest to grow from young plants. Herbs such as basil meanwhile easy to grow from seeds.
Bay thrives using the container gardening method. Place the pot by a window where it gets sufficient sunlight.
Be sure the container does not get too crowded. Bay needs good air circulation to remain healthy.
You can start chervil from the seed in moist potting soil. This herb will flourish in low light but will require temperatures ranging from 18.3°C to 21.1°C to thrive, according to Good Housekeeping.
You should replant every few weeks so you always have fresh young leaves on hand.
Basil is also best started from the seed. Basil loves heat and bright light so keep your plant under a window that receives adequate sunlight.
Remember, this herb is not a long-term houseplant. You can expect to keep it for several weeks, but the stems will eventually start to grow woody.
Chives grow well indoors. Dig up a clump of chives from your garden and replant it in a pot. Leave the pot outside until the leaves die back.
Move the pot to your coolest indoor spot for a few days. Then place it in under your home’s brightest window.
You can buy oregano from nursery-raised stock but you can also try growing the plant from seeds. If the seeds take too to sprout and you have an existing plant, oregano quickly propagates from leaf cuttings.
Indoor oregano plants require similar conditions to garden-raised plants. The ideal temperatures for growing oregano indoors are between 18°C to 21°C in the day and 13°C to 16°C at night.
Sage is easily grown from cuttings. The plant thrives in well-drained, sandy, loamy soil under medium to full sun.
Sage is a hardy, drought-tolerant herb. You should wait until the soil is completely dry before you give the plant a thorough watering.
You’ll find that even when the leaves look wilted, a little water will revive the entire plant.
A Little Goes a Long Way
Growing herbs indoors allows you to enjoy homegrown produce even when you’re short on garden space.
If you are a gardening newbie, then starting an indoor herb garden could also serve as a good, low-stakes entry into more substantial vegetable gardening.
Herbs are an excellent reminder that it doesn’t take much to make a big difference in everyday living!