THE BEST HERBS FOR GROWING AN INDOOR HERB GARDEN
This introduction to growing an indoor herb garden is a great guide to gardening for beginners. Herb gardening indoors is a homesteading skill that will help provide you with fresh herbs all year long!
Fresh herbs can make all the difference when cooking. However, if you live in an area that doesn’t allow for planting year-round, fresh herbs are only readily available during the summer and fall months. In such cases, your only option may be growing your own indoor herb garden.
Successful indoor herb gardening doesn’t work with all herb types. There are a few plants that thrive in low-light and indoor conditions, and can handle being planting in containers.
BUILDING A THRIVING INDOOR HERB GARDEN
In order to be successful with indoor herb gardening, be sure to consider the fact that these herbs will be in low light conditions with restricted root systems because they are planted in pots. Some plants can grow just fine under such conditions, but some cannot.
PARTIAL LIGHT HERBS
These herbs can grow in low-light conditions. Although they do need sunlight, they will do well with partial shade. Place them near a window or in a well-lit room and they will do fine.
Similar to parsley, this French herb is an annual that likes to grow in stable conditions of 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Chervil enjoys fertile, moist soil and can adapt to low light conditions. Be sure to water frequently as it does not do well in dry conditions.
This member of the onion family enjoys full sun but can adapt to partial sun (4-6 hours a day). Chives requires moist, fertile soil. Be sure that the soil is moist at all time. These little plants would do well in a window-sill with afternoon sun.
Also called coriander, Cilantro needs deep containers to grow well. If you’re able to provide large pots, Cilantro can grow well with 6 hours of light a day. This herb enjoys moist, fertile soil. Cilantro is a cool weather plant and cannot handle heat well.
This herb can grow almost anywhere. Mint can thrive in partial shade, adapting to low light conditions. Mint grows like a weed and requires very little maintenance besides occasional water and sunlight. Keeping mint in pots well help prevent this herb from invading other plants too!
This incredibly common herb grows year round. Parsley enjoys full sun, but can thrive in partial sun (4-6 hours a day) as well. This little plant seems to last forever in the herb garden, and does great in pots too. Parsley enjoys moist, fertile soil, but can handle to occasional dry spell.
As part of the mint family, this little herb is very easy to grow. Lemon balm requires 4 hours of sun light a day and can thrive in containers. This herb does well in fertile, well-drained, sandy soil. Lemon balm enjoys moist soil, so don’t let this plant dry out.
This popular herb is extremely hardy and can adapt to low light conditions. Thyme requires at least 5 hours of sun a day. This herb enjoys drier, well-drained soil, so be sure not to over water. It can benefit from occasional fertilizer though.