How would you like a continual stash of fresh herbs within arms reach in your kitchen? Well, you won’t believe how easy it is to grow your own at home.
We’ve got the list of the best Herbs to grow indoors from seeds, plus how to keep them healthy and happy. You can add herbs to your recipes, you can also use them in homemade herbal medicines and herbal teas.
Firstly, work out how you want to display your indoor herbs. A popular and inexpensive way is with Mason Jars and you can purchase on Etsy.
They come with everything you need. Of course, you can use jars, clay pots, cups, any number of other items too. Continue scrolling to see the video that shows you how to make a Mason Jar Garden.
DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden Video
What is great about this project is that it takes up very little space and will add a designer touch to your kitchen with very little expense. Click Play above ^
Best Herbs For Indoor Gardening
Whether you’re going to use soil or water to grow them, herbs are a beautiful addition to your kitchen. They’ll look lovely, smell amazing and you can save money by growing them yourself instead of buying them. There is nothing as good as the taste of fresh herbs – store-bought dried ones just don’t compare!
This infographic from Fix.com shows some of the uses and benefits of the best indoor garden herbs. So not only will you be getting some wonderful flavors, your health will be in store for a positive boost too! Once you’ve decided on your herbs, it’s time to plant them.
Planting Herbs Indoors
We have also included this helpful cheat sheet from Good To Be Home that shows the best herbs for your window sill and those that prefer outdoors.
The good news is that many will adapt indoors or out but this depends on a few things like the soil, temperature and the general hardiness of the herb. You will need to take into consideration the time of the year too.
Before you start the planting process, the seeds will need to be soaked a couple of hours prior. This cleans them up and they sprout quicker. You’ll also need decent potting mix, not the regular outdoor soil. You can purchase Herb Planter Kits like above on Etsy. You can also purchase a DIY Mason Jar Kit here.
Here’s how to plant your herbs.
- Soak your seeds for a few hours before planting.
- Fill your pots with a good potting soil mixture.
- Plant your seeds three times as deep as the width of the seed. The bigger the seed, the deeper it should go.
- Put your pots in front of a south-facing window.
- Water when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch.
Here’s some further helpful Herb information from Health Perch that has some excellent tips on what herbs to use to achieve the best flavors in your recipes.
Something else we know that you will find helpful is that you can freeze your herbs in oil so that you have a non stop supply of fresh herbs all year round.
Harvesting Your Indoor Herbs
It’s important to know the right way to harvest your herbs. Cutting them too much, or in the wrong place can hamper their growing or slow them down. Your herbs will be fully ready when flowers start to bud or when they’re looking wide and bushy.
For harvesting indoor plants, you’ll want to stick to cutting off small quantities of each plant. Be sure to cut 4 to 6 inches above the plant base, leaving the leaves underneath. The plant needs those leaves to feed itself sunlight.