How to Start an Indoor Herb Garden
If you love to cook with fresh herbs, then you’ll love these herb garden ideas that are perfect to grow an herb garden indoors on your kitchen windowsill. Easy to grow & maintain, herbs are especially perfect for first-time gardeners and convenient when you need fresh chopped herbs. Let’s face it – there’s a BIG taste difference between dried & fresh.
Plants for Herb Garden
When starting a kitchen herb garden, you have a couple of options for getting started: grow your herbs from seeds or choose plants for your herb garden. Your local garden shop will have kitchen favorites like:
Rosemary: This fragrant herb is thought to improve memory and concentration. It can also help treat respiratory problems, such as asthma, and digestive issues like constipation.
Mint: Along with the wonderful smell, this herb is known for its calming properties. Mint can help reduce stress and ease stomach problems such as nausea and gas. It also has mild antibiotic properties.
Oregano: Oregano is a powerful antioxidant that may help fight against viruses and infections. It can treat sore throats, sinus congestion, respiratory problems, and gastrointestinal issues.
Thyme: This herb is a natural antiseptic that can be used to treat wounds, skin infections, and respiratory problems. Thyme is also a good source of vitamins A and C.
Cilantro: Often used in Mexican and Indian cuisine, cilantro has a refreshing flavor and is packed with nutrients. It is beneficial for the nervous system, digestive system, and heart. Cilantro can help fight bad breath by ridding your mouth of harmful bacteria!
Basil: Basil provides many health benefits that include antibacterial properties that may help treat respiratory problems like bronchitis. It also helps reduce nausea, promote good digestion, and regulate blood sugar.
Clove: Not only does clove taste great, it also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Clove is a natural remedy for digestive problems such as gas, diarrhea, bloating, and nausea.
Sage: Sage is an antioxidant that may help treat colds and sore throats. It can improve memory function and help reduce inflammation. Sage is also a natural remedy for hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.
Parsley: Parsley is a great source of vitamins A and C. It can help reduce inflammation, promote good digestion, and regulate blood pressure.
Chamomile: Chamomile has been used for centuries as a sleep aid because of its mild sedative properties. The herb also helps treat stomach problems such as bloating and gas.
Herb Garden Indoor Kit
If you’re planning to grow your herbs from seeds, a fun way to get started is by purchasing an herb garden indoor kit. My favorite is this one from Spade to Fork. Their organic Culinary Herbs growing kit contains 5 types of Certified USDA Organic Non-GMO seeds, including:
- Italian Large Leaf Basil
- Coriander Cilantro (slow bolt)
- Peione Parsley
- Broad Leaf Sage
Each kit also contains 5 OMRI-listed compostable peat pots; 5 OMRI-listed rich potting soil discs; 5 custom wood-burned plant markers; our beautiful and helpful 26-page growing guide.
Sowing herb seeds
Once you have your herb garden indoor kit, it’s time to sow your herb seeds. Most herb seeds need light to germinate, so simply sprinkle them on top of the soil and press them in lightly with your finger. Water well and then place in a sunny location.
Care for herb plants
Once your herb plants have germinated and started to grow, be sure to water them regularly. Most herbs like a good soaking once or twice a week, but do not overwater. Fertilize with a weak liquid solution every other week.
Harvesting herb leaves
When it comes time to harvest your herb leaves, just cut off the amount you need and leave the rest of the herb plant to keep growing. You can harvest your herb leaves as often as needed.
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