Whether you are using a sunny windowsill or even an apartment balcony, growing herbs is an excellent way to start a garden. Now is your opportunity to start an indoor herb garden with ease and watch them grow. Read on to see how easy it is to get started. Urban Leaf sent me a herb starter kit to help facilitate this post.
When in doubt – weather-wise, that is, start your herb garden indoors or in pots that you can bring indoors should you have to. I don’t usually plant things outside until the end of April around here in Texas. You never know if a big ice storm will come – and it has before.
How to Start An Indoor Herb Garden with Ease
When thinking about growing herbs at home, a herb starter kit is an excellent option to consider. It’s easy with not much thinking because herb kits provide you with everything needed to get started. All the supplies you’ll need to have herbs to cook with will be readily available to you when needed. Grab a herb-growing kit indoors today!
Before getting started with your indoor herb garden, make sure you have a sunny to semi-sunny spot in your home to grow your herbs. A sunny windowsill is perfect. Next, you’ll want to find small pots to grow the seeds in. Some kits come with containers, but some do not. Save money and provide the pots yourself.
Best Herbs to Grow Indoors
I listed these herbs in order of when they first started sprouting on my semi-sunny windowsill.
Thyme – (easy to grow) Prefers dryer conditions and lots of sun. Thyme has a minty flavor and goes well in soups and egg dishes.
Oregano – (easy to grow) Also prefers dryer conditions and lots of sun. Oregano goes a long way. With its savory, earthy flavor, a little is all that is needed. Serve up in pizzas and tomato-based sauces. I’ve had luck with my oregano growing year after year in my outdoor garden.
Basil – probably the most popular herb grown or bought – is good anytime and goes with many main dishes.
Chives – Prefers dryer conditions and lots of sun. Chives provide instant flavor to salads, soups, and potatoes.
Dill – Grows sideways at first. Dill is great in homemade dips.
Cilantro – Soak the seeds before planting for better results. I love added cilantro to my homemade salsa or any Mexican dish we make.
Parsley – May need to soak these seeds too. Slow to grow.
Mint is also slow to grow, but mint provides a great taste to salads, teas, homemade juices, and even desserts when fully sprouted and harvested. NOTE: When transplanted mint, it’s best to plant it in its own container because it will take over your garden. A couple of years ago, this happened to me, so I’ll never plant mint in my garden again.
Herb Starter Kit with 8 Seed Varieties
Included in this herb starter kit provided to me is everything you need to start a complete indoor herb garden from seed – ready to be transplanted into pots of your choosing or in your backyard garden. Just remember, if you transplant your herbs in containers and leave them inside, you’ll need to provide plenty of direct sunlight – at least 6 hours.