Growing Herbs is a great way to add greenery to your house and your meals! As the fall and winter months come among us, we have to start moving our gardens indoors. Growing herbs inside can be a little different from growing herbs outdoors! We’ve compiled a blog of tips and tricks for growing herbs indoors, for those of you who are moving your herbs inside, and for those of you starting your herb journey!
First we have to pick our herbs! Most herbs can be grown indoors, but some thrive more than others. Herbs such as basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary and thyme, are considered ‘no-fuss’ herbs that can be very easy to grow.
You'll be surprised how little water a herb needs. You want to make sure the soil is kept moist, but not overwatered. If the top of your herb is dry, don't panic! Soil dries from the top down so there is a good chance the bottom of your plant is still moist. You also want to water your herbs slowly. If you water too fast all the water can drain right through the bottom of your pot. Watering slowly will ensure your plant holds the water you are giving it! That being said, herbs don’t like staying in standing water. A pot with drain holes is a must when growing herbs indoors.
Herbs love sunlight. Direct sunlight on a windowsill is the ideal location for these plants to grow. Most herbs will want up to 6 hours of sunlight per day. In the darker months, you may want to invest in a grow light or an LED light for your herbs.
Another thing to consider is that herbs like their space when they are living indoors. Potting different herbs together in the same bed is a fine practice when outside, but when inside you want to keep your herbs potted separately.
Lastly, you want to be mindful when you are harvesting your herbs as to not over harvest them and hinder further growth. You should only be harvesting a few springs with kitchen scissors or pinching with your fingers. Don’t be scared to harvest though, regular cutbacks do encourage new growth! You just want to make sure you're not removing more than a quarter of the herb at a time when you are harvesting.
We hope these herb tips have helped you feel more confident in starting an indoor herb garden, or moving your herbs inside for the winter! Let us know in the comments if you have any tips to share that we missed, or if you have any questions about indoor herb gardens.