Having fresh herbs at hand in your kitchen will take your cooking to the next level. You can get creative and experiment a little, combining different flavors together. And guess what? You can grow your own herbs even if you don’t have a garden or any outdoor space.
Your windowsill will do! Your herbs will flourish if you provide them with the right care and attention. Read our tips on how to grow herbs indoors and become a kitchen gardener.
There are two types of herbs: soft herbs and woody herbs. The soft ones, such as chives, basil, oregano, marjoram, coriander or parsley are the ones that will have the greatest effect on your cooking if they’re home-grown and used fresh. However, they are really delicate so they need extra care. The woody ones, such as sage, thyme or rosemary are much more resilient. Whatever you choose for your indoor garden, make sure you read and follow our advice on how to grow herbs indoors.
Find the best spot
Herbs need as much natural light as possible in order to grow well. Choose a spot near a window where they can get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. The best spots are next to the windows that face south or southwest. North-facing windows aren’t bright enough.
Find the best pot
You can choose between pots, window boxes or grow bags. Whatever you go for, the most important thing is drainage. You must not let your herbs sit in water, otherwise they will drown and the roots will rot. Make sure you use a saucer, liner or drain pan under the pot that will catch the water.
Additionally, clay pots help with drainage, but they can dry out fast.
If the air is dry or you are growing herbs indoors during winter, give a glazed or plastic container a try.
Creating your indoor garden for the first time? Start by planting pre-potted herbs. They are availabale in many supermarkets and garden centres. By doing so, you’ll save yourself some time and effort. Growing herbs from seeds requires a lot of attention and is a trail-and-error process.
Indoor herbs like indoor temperatures
Typical indoor temperatures are best for your herbs so you can grow them inside any time of year. In some way, they are like us. They prefer the same temperatures as we do i.e.around 65 to 70 degrees F- so if you’re feeling comfortable, they probably are, too.
Make sure that you keep the leaves from touching the widow glass to protect from getting nipped by cold.
Watering and trimming
Remember to water your herbs every day. In summer, it’s best to do it in the evening and not during the day. The heat of the day will make the water evaporate and your herbs won’t get enough of it.If there are plates or saucers under your pots, pour some water into them and the plants will “drink” it.
What’s more, dry air, whether from air conditioning or heating, is hard on most herbs. It’s a good idea to shower your herbs in the sink once a week.
To stop your herbs from producing flowers (bolting), which affects the quality of the leaves, keep them trimmed.
One more thing to keep in mind: herbs in your indoor garden need space to grow out and simply breathe.
Don’t overcrowd your herbs, otherwise they won’t last long.