Growing your favorite herbs at home can be simple, fun, and year-round, providing you with seasonings, teas and even potpourri fixings all year.
First, select a spot that gets at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day. Keep the herbs from direct drafts or areas where the temperature is constantly changing. Select containers by style, color, height and width that will fit in the area that you’ve chosen.
Then you will want to decide which herbs you want to grow. Do a little research on the basics of indoor herb gardens so you’ll understand the type of care that each plant will require. Then you’ll need to decide the purpose of the herbs such as are you going to eat them, make potpourri, using them for scent and/or just looking at them. Bushy perennial herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage grow better indoors than those with soft stems such as mint and tarragon. Or if you like scented herbs, choose lemon verbena, basil, coriander and lavender.
Select a container that will hold several plants and provide good drainage. Usually clay, wood or ceramic pots work well. The containers should be at least 8 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches across for each plant. If you are planting multiple plants in a large container, simply allow 6 to 8 inches between each kind of plant. Fill the container with a premium quality, well draining potting soil mixture.
Try to buy your herbs from a nursery that specializes in herbs. Your selection will be much bigger than it will at a general nursery, and the staff will likely be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about your indoor herb garden.
To transplant your herbs, gently remove the herb out of the nursery container, making sure not to damage or break the roots. The rule of thumb is transplant plants at the same depth they were growing in the nursery pots. Dig a hole in your new pot and place the herb. Push soil in around the plant.
Once the herbs have been planted and soil is pushed around them, give the herbs some water. Stand each pot in an inch of lukewarm water until the soil is moist but not saturated. After the initial watering, the herbs will probably only need to be watered once or maybe twice a week. Be careful not to over water. When the plants are actively growing, fertilize them once a week.
Make sure to clip outer leaves as you need them but always leave plenty of growth on the plant or you will drastically slow down the plant growth or possibly kill the plant.