Indoor Herb Gardening

Fresh Herbs Zero Waste: Growing Herbs (Indoors)

 

Growing Herbs IndoorGrowing herbs indoors is a fun zero waste alternative to purchasing fresh herbs in those plastic containers you find at grocery stores.  If you have outdoor space, you can grow them there!  I lived in homes with little to no yard and wanted to try out my green thumb (or lack of since gardening does not come naturally for me)!  I found that container gardening has been a  unique challenge.

What I love about herb gardening is that not only does it look and smell pretty,  but you can also eat it!

 

What plants can you use for an indoor herb garden?

There are many herbs you can grow in a container indoors.  Here is a list of a few of them:

  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary

 

Keep in mind,  that some herbs are annual (i.e., basil, cilantro, parsley, and dill).  Which means that they grow from seeds, bloom, produce seeds, and die in one growing season.  You need to then, replant the herb.

Two things to consider before growing an indoor herb garden:

  1.  Make sure you have an area where your herbs get enough sunlight (about six hours).  Sun helps them develop and be healthy.
  2. Have enough space to keep your herb garden!  To enjoy it, you want to have enough on hand.    For individual herbs, you need a container that is at least six inches (roughly 16 centimeters)  in diameter.  For growing two to three herbs in one pot, you need at least 10 inches (26 centimeters) in diameter and eight inches (21 centimeters) deep.

To make growing indoor herbs easy, start with baby plants rather than seeds.  Buying the herbs near your area would be ideal since they have acclimated to the climate.  Also, buy a baby plant that has never been planted outside.    Sometimes transferring plants from the ground into a pot can be difficult and require special care.

 

A few tips for growing herbs indoors.

  • Rotate the pots every week, so they don’t lean.  Rotating the container also gives the herbs on each side to get enough sunlight.
  • Cut it!!  You’re growing these to eat.  It is safe to cut when the herbs are at least six inches tall.  However, do not cut more than 1/3 of the plants.
  • Make sure your containers have good drainage.  Herbs don’t like a lot of water.

 

What do you do with extra herbs?

Dry them! Marie Iannotti explains how to dry fresh herbs and store them!

 

Have you ever tried growing herbs before (indoor or outdoors)?  What are your favorite herbs to use?

 


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