If you’ve used a lot of fresh herbs when you’re cooking, you know that buying them from the grocery store can get expensive. However, nothing beats the taste of fresh herbs in our food so how about growing your own herbs indoors and being able to cook with them any time you want? If you’re not much of a gardener, herb gardens are a great way to get started. Start with one or two herbs that you use the most and then you’ll start to feel more comfortable and want to branch out with other herbs.
Tips for Starting an Indoor Herb Garden
While you certainly can start growing herbs from seeds, planting seed starters is a great way to get a jump on things. Seeds take a lot more time and caring to get to the herb stage so head to your local garden center or nursery and choose some seed starters. With seed starters, you’ll already be past the stage of having to wait and see if any of them actually do start to sprout.
Wherever you decide to place your indoor herb garden, make sure it’s in a sunny location. Most experts will tell you that 6 to 8 hours of sunlight is best for your herbs. If you plant the herbs in a container that is easily transportable, you can move it to the sunny spots in your house. However, with people’s busy schedules, that’s not always doable so finding the area with the best light for the majority of the day is most important.
There are many different ways to plant your herbs and many different containers you can use. From mason jars to flower pots painted with chalkboard paint to a window box, plant your herbs in a container that will show them off. Get creative and have fun with your new little garden!
The type of soil you use for your herb garden is important. Not all soils are equal. For your indoor herb garden, try an organic potting mix. Make sure that the soil is loose in your container because if it’s not, water won’t be able to drain properly. Most herbs can be watered daily but don’t water them a lot at one time. If the soil feels moist, let them be; if the soil feels dry, water them until a little bit of water comes out of the drainage hole in the bottom of your container. To add calcium to your soil, crush up some dried eggshells and mix it in the soil right before you plant the seeds or seed starters. Eggshells break down slowly so the nutrients won’t be released right away but will benefit the plant throughout its life.
Plants to Grow in an Indoor Herb Garden
- Basil – Loves full sun and moist soil. Best to plant in the warm, bright summer months.
- Rosemary – Likes it hot and dry. Be careful not to overwater. Great herb to grow because you don’t need a lot at one time for cooking.
- Oregano – Needs a lot of sunlight. Be careful not to overwater, as it doesn’t like wet soil.
- Mint – Needs it’s own pot as it’s invasive. Loves full sun and plenty of water.
- Chives – They do best in full sun (but can tolerate some shade). Water frequently and keep moist (as long as there is proper drainage)
Want to share your love of herbs even more? Make sure to print these beautiful herb printables! They’ll look great next to your beautiful indoor herb garden.
The lovely Ann over at On Sutton Place is a bit of an expert when it comes to planting! Come and check out her newest creation that also comes with free printable tags! Quick…Easy and Yummy! The perfect Farmhouse Herb Garden.
Over at Rustic and Woven you will find a cute DIY for the most adorable herb pots…they totally have a great Farmhouse feel too. With these pots and the info above…you should be able to put together a great herb garden and have tons of Basil for all of those pots of Tomato Sauce ; )
Do you have a bunch of old glass jars from pickles…mayonnaise…sauces…etc.
How Farmtastic would this Countertop Herb Garden be in your kitchen! I can almost smell that Italian Food cooking on top of your stove and in your oven! HGTV is going to show you this quick and easy how to! Bon Appetit!
This Mason Jar Wall Herb Garden that Stacy over at Not Just A Housewife created has tons of farmhouse style plus you don’t need a ton of space. It actually become wall art! Drop by to get the diy!
Here is another beauty over at HGTV…if you have the window space this is GREAT!!! A detailed tutorial is included!
Why is Tabatha from Fresh Mommy Blog smiling? Well it is because she just created the most Fabulous Hanging Herb Garden! She shares the step by step…just imagine one of these beauties in your kitchen. For more of a farmhouse look you could do the pots in a white wash…or chalkboard or wherever your imagination takes you! Need help caring for your herbs…remember to check above!
As always here at The Cottage Market we would like to send out tons of APPAWS and APPLAUSE to all of our blogger friends for sharing their talents and creativity with us! We want them to know that they are appreciated and loved. You are going to adore exploring their blogs for more outstanding DIY’s and inspiration. As always…ENJOY & CREATE!
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