Growing herbs indoors is a great way to ensure that you always have herbs to liven up your meals, and it’s a lot cheaper than buying them at the store. It’s so convenient to be able to pick fresh herbs right by your kitchen windowsill. You save money, you save time and it makes your kitchen smell amazing!
If you are new to gardening or you haven’t tried growing herbs before, it can be tricky to choose which herbs to begin with. There are plenty of herbs you can choose from, but below are three of the easiest ones to try first.
Three of the easiest herbs to grow indoors:
One of the top recommendations when looking for herbs you can grow indoors is mint. You can use mint in so many different ways other than just cooking with it. Mint is wonderful for adding flavour to drinks such as cocktails, smoothies, water and homemade juices. You can also use it for natural room scents, aromatherapy and homemade body products and cleaning supplies.
Mint is very hardy and easy to grow from seed. When growing mint indoors, be sure you have a large container since it grows very quickly. Don’t be tempted to plant it in the same container as any other herbs as it will quickly overtake them. It doesn’t need a lot of light but you should try to ensure it gets some sunlight each day. Be sure to keep the soil moist at all times.
Another easy herb to grow indoors is chives. This is by far one of the easiest ones to grow inside your home as you don’t need constant heat and sunshine. You should still keep the chives container near a window that gets some sunlight, but don’t stress about it too much. Chives started from seeds take a very long time to grow, so it’s best to start with starter plants. Use a nice clay pot with proper drainage and good soil. You should keep the soil damp, but not sopping wet, in order to help the chives grow.
Parsley is a perfect herb to grow indoors if you want to add subtle flavour to your recipes. You can easily grow parsley indoors from seed, although you do need to let those seeds germinate for a few weeks. This is a slower growing plant, so don’t be surprised if you have fresh mint well before you have fresh parsley. The seeds can go on the surface of the soil instead of dug deep into the soil. Parsley prefers moist, rich soil.
There are many other herbs that can be planted and grown indoors, aside from mint, chives and parsley. Other herbs that you may want to try growing indoors include:
For more helpful tips, be sure to read Tips for Starting an Indoor Herb Garden.