Herbs are a fantastic way to add a delicate flavor and color to any dish. New and experienced cooks can use and pair herbs in various ways, allowing them to take their cooking skills to another level. By adding herbs to your cooking, you can truly personalize your dish or recipe.
If you are a farm-to-table cook, an indoor herb garden can keep your kitchen supplied with fresh herbs throughout the year. You’ll never have to worry about the next supply of basil, chives, oregano, thyme, rosemary, or parsley, whatever the season. Besides, green indoor gardens add some life, flair, and air to your space. We’ve compiled seven tips for growing herbs indoors to help you get started.
1. Choose the right plants
While most herbs can be grown indoors, some tend to thrive better than others. It is therefore essential to choose those plants that will do well, even under not-so-good conditions. Your cooking and taste preferences should also guide you on which herbs to grow. There is no point in growing herbs that you don’t like.
Some of the most common herbs that are easy to grow indoors and versatile to include in recipes include:
- sweet marjoram
- Bay laurel
2. Select a Container with Sufficient Drainage
There are dozens of herb pots options. The idea is to get a nice-looking pot with sufficient drainage. Clay pots are excellent for planting the herbs since they provide a good drainage system so that the plant roots can remain healthy.
But you can also use readily available containers such as leftover tea tins, mason jars, or a cup and saucer. Be sure to use plastic saucers or protectors to protect your furniture and window sills.
3. Pick a location for the indoor herb garden
Herbs require a lot of light to grow and thrive. It is recommended that you find a bright window spot near your kitchen that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine. South-facing windows often receive the most intense sunlight ideal for most herbs.
But some herbs such as parsley, mint, and thyme will do well in west-facing windows where sunlight is not as intense. During winter, you can use a grow light or LED light to supplement the natural light.
4. Water infrequently and more thoroughly
To find the best watering balance, you should water your plants infrequently. Water them when the soil is dry. You should also water sufficiently, ensuring that water runs off the pot. This infrequent watering helps the roots to grow deep down, encouraging the plant to flourish.
5. Grow the herbs separately
Herbs are first-growing plants that require enough space to thrive. If you have sufficient space, it is recommended that you grow each plant on its own pot, so they don’t crowd each other out. This also enables you to customize each herb’s management and care routine.
6. Harvest a little at a time
Once your plants have matured, start harvesting a little bit every time by pinching with your fingers or using kitchen shears. This encourages the plant to flourish. Do not overharvest as this may distress and kill the plant.
7. Feed your plants with seaweed or fish-based fertilizer
These organic fertilizers are nitrogen-rich, which promotes healthy growth. Feed your plants every two weeks in their “grow phase” to elevate their growth and health.
There you have it! These crafty tips for growing herbs indoors will help you create a perfect indoor garden to keep your kitchen supplied with your favorite herb, all year long.